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"polish" in American English

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polishverb [T]

 us   /ˈpɑl·ɪʃ/
to make something ​smooth and ​shiny by ​rubbing: He polished the ​hardwoodfloor. If you polish ​yournails, you ​paint them with a ​colored or ​colorlessliquid to make them ​shine.

polishnoun [U]

 us   /ˈpɑl·ɪʃ/
Polish is a ​cream or other ​substance that you use to ​clean or ​shine something: shoe/​furniture/​silver polish Someone or something with polish has ​greatskill or ​perfectstyle: The ​rest of the ​cast comes ​nowhere near ​equaling his polish ​onstage.
(Definition of polish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"polish" in British English

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polishverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɒl.ɪʃ/  us   /ˈpɑː.lɪʃ/
to ​rub something using a ​piece of ​cloth or ​brush to ​clean it and make it ​shine: to polish the ​furniture Polish ​yourshoesregularly to ​protect the ​leather.

polishnoun

uk   /ˈpɒl.ɪʃ/  us   /ˈpɑː.lɪʃ/
  • polish noun (CLEANING)

[S] the ​act of ​cleaning something by ​rubbing it: I'll just give my ​shoes aquick polish. [C or U] a ​cream or other ​substance that you use to ​clean something: shoe/​furniture/​silver polish

Polishadjective

uk   /ˈpəʊ.lɪʃ/  us   /ˈpoʊ-/
belonging to or ​relating to Poland, ​itspeople, or ​itslanguage

Polishnoun [U]

uk   /ˈpəʊ.lɪʃ/  us   /ˈpoʊ-/
(Definition of polish from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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