Advertisement - Continue reading below

Definition of "polish" []

  • To make smooth and shiny by rubbing or chemical action. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove the outer layers from (grains of rice) by rotation in drums. (verb-transitive)
  • To free from coarseness; refine: polish one's manners. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove flaws from; perfect or complete: polish one's piano technique; polish up the lyrics. (verb-transitive)
  • To become smooth or shiny by or as if by being rubbed. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "polish" in a sentence
  • "Today, applying nail polish is just not enough and is far too mundane and boring."
  • "Instead, I look at my story and ask myself if that little piece I think could use a bit more spit-and-polish is really necessary."
  • "As for chiggars clear finger nail polish is a very effective treatment for them."