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polishverb [T]

us   /ˈpɑl·ɪʃ/
to make something smooth and shiny by rubbing: He polished the hardwood floor.
If you polish your nails, you paint them with a colored or colorless liquid 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 great skill or perfect style: The rest of the cast comes nowhere near equaling his polish onstage.
(Definition of polish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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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 your shoes regularly 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 a quick 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.lɪʃ/
belonging to or relating to Poland, its people, or its language

Polishnoun [U]

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