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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 hav ing 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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