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rubbed

adjective

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having a shiny surface or finish
  • the rubbed brass of the wall sconce showed my reflection

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rubbed

verb
past tense of rub

Synonyms & Antonyms of rubbed (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to damage or diminish by continued friction
  • the brake pads were rubbed away as a result of years of use

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2 to make smooth by friction
  • the furniture restorer rubbed the board perfectly smooth with sandpaper

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3 to make smooth or glossy usually by repeatedly applying surface pressure
  • the butler rubbed the silver tea set until it gleamed

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“Rubbed.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/rubbed. Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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