Definition of “paint” - English Dictionary

“paint” in British English

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paintnoun [ C or U ]

uk /peɪnt/ us /peɪnt/

A1 a coloured liquid that is put on a surface such as a wall to decorate it:

UK a tin of paint
US a can of paint
This wall needs another coat of paint.
The sign said "Caution! Wet paint."
gloss paint
UK matt paint
US matte paint
There were so many paints (= types of paint) to choose from that I couldn't decide which to buy.
paints [ plural ]

tubes of paint or blocks of dried paint used for making pictures:

oil paints

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paintverb

uk /peɪnt/ us /peɪnt/

A2 [ I or T ] to cover a surface with paint:

[ + obj + adj ] We've painted the bedroom blue.
I've been painting all morning.
I'll need to paint over (= cover with another layer of paint) these dirty marks on the wall.

A1 [ I or T ] to make a picture using paints:

All these pictures were painted by local artists.

[ T ] If you paint your nails or face, you put make-up on that part of your body:

She painted her nails bright red.

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(Definition of “paint” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“paint” in American English

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paintnoun [ C/U ]

us /peɪnt/

a colored liquid that is put on a surface to protect or decorate it:

[ U ] We need some white paint for the kitchen.

paintverb [ I/T ]

us /peɪnt/

Someone who paints may make a picture by using paints:

[ I ] She always loved to paint.

(Definition of “paint” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)