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English definition of “preen”

preen

verb (FEEL PROUD)    /priːn/ disapproving
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 verb (FEEL PROUD) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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