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polish

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verb pol·ish \ˈpä-lish\

Definition of polish

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make smooth and glossy usually by friction :  burnish

  3. 2 :  to smooth, soften, or refine in manners or condition

  4. 3 :  to bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state :  perfect

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become smooth or glossy by or as if by friction

polisher

noun

Examples of polish in a Sentence

  1. He spent the summer polishing his math skills.

  2. you'll need to polish your shoes with a clean rag before the performance

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Origin and Etymology of polish

Middle English polisshen, from Anglo-French poliss-, stem of polir, from Latin polire


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polish

noun pol·ish

Definition of polish

  1. 1a :  a smooth glossy surface :  lusterb :  freedom from rudeness or coarseness :  culturec :  a state of high development or refinement

  2. 2 :  the action or process of polishing

  3. 3 :  a preparation that is used to produce a gloss and often a color for the protection and decoration of a surface furniture polish nail polish

Examples of polish in a Sentence

  1. I need more shoe polish.

  2. Did you use a wax polish on the table or an oil-based one?

  3. The movie has the polish we've come to expect from that director.

  4. He's rude and lacks polish.

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First Known Use of polish

1597


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Polish

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adjective Pol·ish \ˈpō-lish\

Definition of Polish

  1. :  of, relating to, or characteristic of Poland, the Poles, or Polish

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Origin and Etymology of polish

Pole

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Polish

noun pol·ish

Definition of Polish

  1. :  the Slavic language of the Poles

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First Known Use of polish

1555

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POLISH Defined for English Language Learners

polish

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verb

Definition of polish for English Language Learners

  • : to make (something) smooth and shiny by rubbing it

  • : to improve (something) : to make (something) better than it was before

  • : to put nail polish on (a fingernail or toenail)

polish

noun

Definition of polish for English Language Learners

  • : a substance that is rubbed on a surface to make it smooth and shiny

  • : a smooth and shiny surface

  • : good quality or style that comes from practice or effort

Polish

noun

Definition of Polish for English Language Learners

  • : the language of Poland

  • the Polish : the people of Poland


POLISH Defined for Kids

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polish

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verb pol·ish \ˈpä-lish\

Definition of polish for Students

polished

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polishing

  1. 1 :  to make smooth and shiny usually by rubbing polish silver

  2. 2 :  to improve in manners, condition, or style I took a few hours to polish my speech.

polisher

noun

polish off

  1. :  to finish completely We polished off the whole cake.


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polish

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noun pol·ish

Definition of polish for Students

  1. 1 :  a smooth and shiny surface the polish of the table

  2. 2 :  a substance for making a surface smooth and shiny shoe polish metal polish

  3. 3 :  good manners :  refinement


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Polish

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adjective Pol·ish \ˈpō-lish\

Definition of Polish for Students

  1. :  of or relating to Poland, the Poles, or Polish


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Polish

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noun pol·ish

Definition of Polish for Students

  1. :  the language of the Poles



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