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verb [T]  us   /ˈpɑl·ɪʃ/
to make something smooth and shiny by rubbing: He polished the hardwood floor. If you polish your nails, you paint them with a colored or colorless liquid to make them shine.


noun [U]  us   /ˈpɑl·ɪʃ/
Polish is a cream or other substance that you use to clean or shine something: shoe/furniture/silver polish Someone or something with polish has great skill or perfect style: The rest of the cast comes nowhere near equaling his polish onstage.
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