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paint

noun [C or U] uk   us   /peɪnt/
A1 a coloured liquid that is put on a surface such as a wall to decorate it: a tin (US can) of paint This wall needs another coat of paint. The sign said "Caution! Wet paint". gloss paint matt (US matte) paint There were so many paints (= types of paint) to choose from that I couldn't decide which to buy.paints [plural] tubes of paint or blocks of dried paint used for making pictures: oil paints
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paint

verb uk   us   /peɪnt/
A2 [I or T] to cover a surface with paint: [+ obj + adj ] We've painted the bedroom blue. I've been painting all morning. I'll need to paint over (= cover with another layer of paint) these dirty marks on the wall.A1 [I or T] to make a picture using paints: All these pictures were painted by local artists. [T] If you paint your nails or face, you put make-up on that part of your body: She painted her nails bright red.
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Translations of “paint”
in Arabic دِهان…
in Korean 페인트…
in Malaysian cat…
in French (de) peinture…
in Turkish boya…
in Italian vernice, tinta…
in Chinese (Traditional) 油漆,塗料…
in Russian краска…
in Polish farba…
in Vietnamese sơn…
in Spanish pintura…
in Portuguese tinta…
in Thai สี…
in German die Farbe, Farb-……
in Catalan pintura…
in Japanese ペンキ, 絵の具…
in Indonesian cat…
in Chinese (Simplified) 油漆,涂料…
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