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polish

pol·ish

polish

 
 
pronunciation:
pa lihsh
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
polish off
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: polished, polishes, polishing
definition 1: to give a sleek surface to, esp. by buffing.
We polished the furniture before the guests arrived.
synonyms:
buff, burnish, shine
antonyms:
tarnish
similar words:
finish, gloss, oil, pumice, rub, sand, sleek, smooth, wax
definition 2: to cause to become finished or more perfect.
She is polishing her acting skills in a summer theater.
synonyms:
perfect, smooth
similar words:
cultivate, practice, refine
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become sleek and shiny by or as if by buffing.
This floor polishes beautifully.
similar words:
glaze
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phrase: polish off
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a substance used to make something smooth or glossy.
You'll need more silver polish for the candlesticks.Occasionally, he puts shoe polish on his leather shoes.
synonyms:
finish, lacquer, luster, varnish, wax
similar words:
oil, shellac
definition 2: the act of shining or smoothing.
The floors are certainly due for a polish.
synonyms:
buffing, burnishing, finishing, shining, waxing
similar words:
abrasion, sanding, shine
definition 3: a sleek surface.
This dresser has a fine polish.
synonyms:
burnish, finish, gloss, luster, shine, varnish
similar words:
glaze
definition 4: a refined manner of presentation or appearance; elegance.
He makes some very good points, but his speeches lack polish.The final skater's performance was one of polish and grace.
synonyms:
gentility, refinement, sophistication
similar words:
culture, elegance, finesse, finish, gloss, luster, style, urbanity
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derivation: polisher (n.)
Word Builder: polish +
  • polished:
    having been given a shiny surface.