• To shine; to make a surface very smooth or shiny by rubbing, cleaning, or grinding.
  • To refine; remove imperfections from.
  • To apply shoe polish to shoes.
  • To become smooth, as from friction; to receive a gloss; to take a smooth and glossy surface.
  • To refine; to wear off the rudeness, coarseness, or rusticity of; to make elegant and polite.


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  • From Middle English polishen, from Old French poliss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of polir, from Latin polÄ«re ("to polish, make smooth").

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