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English definition of “preen”

preen

verb uk   /priːn/ us  

preen verb (TIDY)

[I or T] If a bird preens or preens itself, it cleans and arranges its feathers using its beak.Animal (non-human) behaviour [I or T] disapproving to spend time making yourself look attractive: Roald always spends ages preening (himself) before he goes out.Skilled, talented and able

preen verb (FEEL PROUD)

preen yourself to feel very proud or satisfied with yourself because of an action or quality: The government is publicly preening itself on the latest trade figures. The company preened itself for having taken on so many new employees last year.
(Definition of preen from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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