Definitions for Polishˈpɒl ɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pol•ishˈpɒl ɪʃ(v.t.)

  1. to make smooth and glossy, esp. by rubbing or friction.

  2. to render finished, refined, or elegant:

    to polish a speech.

  3. (v.i.)to become smooth and glossy through polishing.

  4. Archaic. to become refined or elegant.

  5. polish off, to finish or dispose of quickly: to subdue or get rid of (an opponent).

    to polish off a gallon of ice cream.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  6. polish up,to improve; refine.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  7. (n.)a substance used to give smoothness or gloss:

    shoe polish.

  8. the act of polishing.

  9. the state of being polished.

  10. smoothness and gloss of surface.

  11. refinement.

Origin of polish:

1250–1300; < MF poliss-, long s. of polir < L polīre to polish; see -ish2


Po•lishˈpoʊ lɪʃ(n.)

  1. the West Slavic language of Poland.

    Category: Peoples

    Ref: Abbr.: Pol 2

  2. (adj.)of or pertaining to Poland, its inhabitants, or the language Polish.

    Category: Peoples

Origin of Polish:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. polish, gloss, glossiness, burnish(noun)

    the property of being smooth and shiny

  2. polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finish(noun)

    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

    "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad

  3. polish(noun)

    a preparation used in polishing

  4. Polish(adj)

    the Slavic language of Poland

  5. Polish(verb)

    of or relating to Poland or its people or culture

    "Polish sausage"

  6. polish, smooth, smoothen, shine(verb)

    make (a surface) shine

    "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"

  7. polish, refine, fine-tune, down(verb)

    improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

    "refine one's style of writing"

  8. polish, round, round off, polish up, brush up(verb)

    bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

    "polish your social manners"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. polish(verb)ˈpoʊ lɪʃ

    to clean sth with polish to make it shine

    to polish the furniture/your shoes

  2. polishˈpoʊ lɪʃ

    to perfect a skill

    I need to polish up my Spanish before my trip to Mexico.

  3. polish(noun)ˈpoʊ lɪʃ

    a substance you rub onto sth to make it clean and shiny

    furniture polish


  1. Polish(Adjective)

    Of, from or native to Poland, or relating to the Polish language.

  2. Polish(ProperNoun)

    The language spoken in Poland.

  3. polish(Noun)

    A substance used to polish.

    A good silver polish will remove tarnish easily.

  4. polish(Noun)

    Cleanliness; smoothness, shininess.

    The floor was waxed to a high polish.

  5. polish(Noun)

    Refinement; cleanliness in performance or presentation.

    The lecturer showed a lot of polish at his last talk.

  6. polish(Verb)

    To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.

    He polished up the chrome until it gleamed.

  7. polish(Verb)

    To refine; remove imperfections from.

    The band has polished its performance since the last concert.

  8. polish(Verb)

    To apply shoe polish to shoes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Polish(adj)

    of or pertaining to Poland or its inhabitants

  2. Polish(noun)

    the language of the Poles

  3. Polish(verb)

    to make smooth and glossy, usually by friction; to burnish; to overspread with luster; as, to polish glass, marble, metals, etc

  4. Polish(verb)

    hence, to refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite; as, to polish life or manners

  5. Polish(verb)

    to become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface; as, steel polishes well

  6. Polish(noun)

    a smooth, glossy surface, usually produced by friction; a gloss or luster

  7. Polish(noun)

    anything used to produce a gloss

  8. Polish(noun)

    fig.: Refinement; elegance of manners

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Polish' in Adjectives Frequency: #771

Translations for Polish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


smoothness and shininess

There's a wonderful polish on this old wood.

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