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English definition of “burnish”

burnish

verb [T]     /ˈbɜː.nɪʃ/ US  /ˈbɝː-/
literary to rub metal until it is smooth and shinyPolishing and polishes 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.Polishing and polishes burnished     /-nɪʃt/ adjective literary smooth and shinyLess common coloursCommon coloursEmitting and casting light
(Definition of burnish verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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