Polish meaning

pŏl'ĭsh
Polish is defined as to rub until smooth and shiny, use a substance or wax on a surface to make it glossy, or to improve the condition.

An example of polish is buffing fingernails until smooth.

An example of polish is using wax on a car's paint to make it shiny.

An example of polish is fine tuning your Photoshop skills.

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The act or process of polishing.

Gave the lamp a polish.

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Elegance of style or manners; refinement.
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Of or relating to Poland, the Poles, their language, or their culture.
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To improve or refine (someone or someone's manners, appearance, etc.) as by removing crudeness or vulgarity.
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Elegance, refinement, cultivation, finish, or the like.
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A substance used for polishing.
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Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess.

The floor was waxed to a high polish.

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To refine or remove flaws from; perfect or complete.

Polish one's piano technique; polish up the lyrics.

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To become smooth or shiny by being rubbed.

The table polishes up nicely.

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Smoothness or shininess of surface or finish.
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A substance containing chemical agents or abrasive particles and applied to smooth or shine a surface.

Shoe polish.

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The Slavic language of the Poles.
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To complete or embellish (a piece of writing, etc.); finish; perfect.
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To take a polish; become glossy, elegant, or refined.
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A surface gloss.
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The act of polishing or condition of being polished.
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Of Poland or its people, language, or culture.
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The West Slavic language spoken in Poland.
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A substance used to polish.

A good silver polish will remove tarnish easily.

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Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation.

The lecturer showed a lot of polish at his last talk.

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To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.

He polished up the chrome until it gleamed.

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To refine; remove imperfections from.

The band has polished its performance since the last concert.

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To apply shoe polish to shoes.
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(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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To refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite.

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Of, from or native to Poland, or relating to the Polish language.
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The language spoken in Poland.
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Polish is a substance used for making something glossy, or a style of elegance and grace, or the smoothness and glossiness of a surface.

An example of polish is a liquid color used on finger nails.

An example of polish is a polite and cultured person.

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The definition of Polish is related to the country of Poland.

An example of Polish is the Polish culture.

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To make smooth and shiny by rubbing or chemical action.
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To remove the outer layers from (grains of rice) by rotation in drums.
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polish off
  • To finish (a meal, job, etc.) completely and quickly.
  • To overcome or get rid of (a competitor, enemy, etc.).
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polish up
  • To improve (something).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of polish

  • Middle English polisshen from Old French polir poliss- from Latin polīre pel-5 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin polire (“to polish, make smooth").
    From Wiktionary