preen Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “preen” in the English Dictionary

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uk   us   /priːn/

preen verb (TIDY)

[I or T] If a ​bird preens or preens itself, it ​cleans and ​arrangesitsfeathers using ​itsbeak. [I or T] disapproving to ​spendtime making yourself ​lookattractive: Roald always ​spendsages preening (himself) before he goes out.

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 ​latesttradefigures. The ​company preened itself for having taken on so many new ​employees last ​year.
(Definition of preen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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preenverb [I/T]

 us   /prin/
(of a ​bird) to ​clean and ​arrangeitsfeathers using ​itsbeak People who preen make themselves more ​attractive: [I] As they preened in the ​sun, Evelyn ​snappedphotos of them.
(Definition of preen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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