Polish - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpəʊlɪʃ|  American pronunciation of the word polish
Brit.  |ˈpɒlɪʃ|  British pronunciation of the word polish


- the property of being smooth and shiny (syn: burnish, gloss, glossiness)
- a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality (syn: cultivation, culture, finish, refinement)
they performed with great polish
- a preparation used in polishing
- the Slavic language of Poland


- make (a surface) shine (syn: shine, smooth, smoothen)
polish my shoes
- improve or perfect by pruning or polishing (syn: down, refine)
- bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state (syn: brush up, round, round off)
polish your social manners


- of or relating to Poland or its people or culture

Extra examples

He spent the summer polishing his math skills.

...you'll need to polish your shoes with a clean rag before the performance...

I need more shoe polish.

Did you use a wax polish on the table or an oil-based one?

The movie has the polish we've come to expect from that director.

He's rude and lacks polish.

Polish up the silver ready for the important dinner.

I spent all afternoon polishing the silver.

Polish the lenses with a piece of tissue.

Your essay is good, you just need to polish it a bit.

An occasional polish will keep wall tiles looking good.

Carla's writing has potential, but it lacks polish.

He blacked his boots with polish.

We need to polish the silver.

She applied for Polish citizenship.

Phrasal verbs

polish off  — finish a task completely

Word forms

I/you/we/they: polish
he/she/it: polishes
present participle: polishing
past tense: polished
past participle: polished
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