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polish

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of polish

  1. 1 a high level of taste and enlightenment as a result of extensive intellectual training and exposure to the arts <acquired a great deal of polish during his year abroad> Synonyms accomplishment, civilization, couth, cultivation, culture, refinementRelated Words education, erudition, intellectualism, intellectuality, knowledge, learning, literacy, scholarship; cosmopolitanism, sophistication, urbanity; breeding, genteelness, gentility, manners; class, elegance, grace, taste; civility, courteousness, courtesy, politenessNear Antonyms ignorance, illiteracy; parochialism, provincialism, rusticity, unsophistication; boorishness, churlishness, clownishness, coarseness, crudeness, vulgarityAntonyms barbarianism, barbarism, philistinism

  2. 2 brightness created by light reflected from a surface <buffed the silver plate to a high polish> Synonyms burnish, gloss, luminance, luster (or lustre), shine, sheenRelated Words glare, gleam, glimmer, glint, glisten, glow, shimmer; blink, flicker, sparkle, twinkle; illumination, irradiation; iridescence, luminescence; brilliance, luminosity, radiance, radiancy, refulgence; finish, glazeNear Antonyms dimness, dinginess, dirtiness, drabness, dullness (also dulness), flatness; grayness, paleness; cloudiness, gloom, murkiness, obscureness, obscurity, somberness


polish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of polish

  1. 1 to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure <you'll need to polish your shoes with a clean rag before the performance> Synonyms buff, burnish, dress, furbish, gloss, grind, rub, shine, smooth, smoothen Related Words sleek, slick; coat, glaze, japan, lacquer, varnish; face, finish, veneer; brighten; file, rasp, sand, sandblast, sandpaper, scour, scrape, scrub; bob, bone, lap Near Antonyms rough (up), roughen, ruffle, scuff (up)

  2. 2 to bring (something) to a state where nothing remains to be done <once you polish the article a bit, it'll be ready to submit> Synonyms complete, consummate, finalize, perfect, finishRelated Words follow through (with), stick out; accomplish, achieve, effect; carry out, carry through, discharge, do, execute, fulfill (or fulfil), perform; ameliorate, amend, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate; machine, refine, round (off or out), shine, touch upNear Antonyms abandon, desert, discontinue, drop, forsake, quit


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