polish

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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin polire (to polish, make smooth).

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polish (countable and uncountable, plural polishes)

  1. A substance used to polish.
    A good silver polish will remove tarnish easily.
  2. Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess.
    The floor was waxed to a high polish.
  3. Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation.
    The lecturer showed a lot of polish at his last talk.

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polish (third-person singular simple present polishes, present participle polishing, simple past and past participle polished)

  1. (transitive) To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.
    He polished up the chrome until it gleamed.
  2. (transitive) To refine; remove imperfections from.
    The band has polished its performance since the last concert.
  3. (transitive) To apply shoe polish to shoes.
  4. (intransitive) To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface.
    Steel polishes well.
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  5. (transitive) To refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite.
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