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English definition of “burnish”

burnish

verb [T] uk   /ˈbɜː.nɪʃ/ us    /ˈbɝː-/
literary to rub metal until it is smooth and shiny If you burnish something such as your public image, you take action to improve it and make it more attractive: The company is currently trying to burnish its socially responsible image.
burnished
adjective uk   /-nɪʃt/ literary us  
smooth and shiny
(Definition of burnish from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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