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English definition of “preen”


verb [I, T]     /priːn/
BIRD If a bird preens or preens itself, it makes its feathers clean and tidy .Animal (non-human) behaviour
PERSON to try to look attractive : When you've finished preening, perhaps we can go out. [often reflexive] The actors preened themselves in the dressing room .Personal hygiene and appearance - general wordsCleaning generally
(Definition of preen verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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