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varnish

noun [C or U] uk   /ˈvɑː.nɪʃ/ us    /ˈvɑːr-/
a liquid that is painted onto wood or paintings to protect the surface, or the hard shiny surface it produces when it dries: Polyurethane varnish provides a tough, scratch-resistant finish. a final coat of (clear) varnishPaints, dyes and pigmentsColour - general wordsCoverings and layers

varnish

verb [T] uk   /ˈvɑː.nɪʃ/ us    /ˈvɑːr-/
to put varnish on a surface: They decided to spend the weekend varnishing their boat.Covering and adding layers UK to use nail varnishPersonal hygiene and appearance - general wordsCleaning generally
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