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English adjective: Polish

1. Polish of or relating to Poland or its people or culture

SamplesPolish sausage.

English noun: polish

1. polish (attribute) the property of being smooth and shiny

Synonymsburnish, gloss, glossiness

Broader (hypernym)effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine, smoothness

Narrower (hyponym)French polish, glaze

2. polish (state) a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

SamplesThey 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.

Synonymscultivation, culture, finish, refinement

Broader (hypernym)flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection

3. polish (substance) a preparation used in polishing

Broader (hypernym)formulation, preparation

Narrower (hyponym)blacking, shoe polish, Simoniz

4. Polish (communication) the Slavic language of Poland

Broader (hypernym)Slavic, Slavic language, Slavonic, Slavonic language

English verb: polish

1. polish (contact) make (a surface) shine

SamplesShine the silver, please.
Polish my shoes.

ExamplesThey polish the glass tubes

Synonymsshine, smooth, smoothen

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

Narrower (hyponym)buff, burnish, furbish, gloss, Simonise, Simonize, sleek, slick


2. polish (change) improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

SamplesRefine one's style of writing.

Synonymsdown, fine-tune, refine

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, over-refine, overrefine, school, train

3. polish (change) bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

SamplesPolish your social manners.

Synonymsbrush up, polish up, round, round off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hone, perfect

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