American English

Definition of paint verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paint
    he / she / it paints
    past simple painted
    -ing form painting
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] paint something (with something) to cover a surface or object with paint paint (something) We've had the house painted. Paint the shed with weather-resistant paint. a brightly painted barge paint something + adj./noun The walls were painted yellow. Topic CollocationsDecorating and Home Improvementhouses refurbish/renovate a building/a house convert a building/house/room into homes/offices/ apartments/condominiums/condos extend/enlarge a house/building/room/kitchen build an addition (on/to something)/a sunroom/a deck knock down/demolish a house/home/building/wall knock out/down the wall separating two roomsdecorating furnish/paint/repaint a home/house/apartment/room be decorated in bright colors/in a traditional style/with flowers/with paintings paint/plaster the walls/ceiling hang/put up/strip off/remove (the) wallpaper install/replace/remove the bathroom fixtures build/put up shelves lay wooden flooring/timber decking/floor tiles/a carpet/a patio floor put up/hang/take down a picture/painting/poster/curtainhome improvement do carpentry/the plumbing/the wiring (yourself) make home improvements add/install central heating/underfloor heating/insulation install double-glazing/a smoke alarm insulate your house/your home/the walls/the pipes/the tanks/the attic fix/repair a roof/a leak/a pipe/the plumbing/a leaking faucet block/clog (up)/unblock/unclog a pipe/sink/drain make/drill/fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/remove a nail tighten/loosen/remove a screw saw/cut/treat/stain/varnish/paint wood
  2. 2[transitive, intransitive] to make a picture or design using paints paint something/somebody to paint portraits A friend painted the children for me (= painted a picture of the children). paint something on something Slogans had been painted on the walls. paint (in something) She paints in oils. My mother paints well. Topic CollocationsFine Artscreating art make a work of art/a drawing/a sketch/a sculpture/a statue/an engraving/an etching/a print do an oil painting/a self-portrait/a line drawing/a rough sketch create a work of art/an artwork/paintings and sculptures produce paintings/portraits/oil sketches/his most celebrated work/a series of prints paint a picture/a landscape/a portrait/a mural/in oils/in watercolors/on canvas draw a picture/a portrait/a cartoon/a sketch/a line/a figure/the human form/in charcoal/in ink sketch a preliminary drawing/a figure/a shape/an outline carve a figure/an image/a sculpture/an altarpiece/reliefs/a block of wood sculpt a (portrait) bust/a statue/an abstract figure etch a line/pattern/design/name into the glass mix colors/pigments/paints add/apply thin/thick layers of paint/color/pigment use oil pastels/charcoal/acrylic paint/a can of spray paint work in bronze/ceramics/stone/oils/pastels/watercolors/a wide variety of mediadescribing art paint/depict a female figure/a biblical scene/a pastoral landscape/a domestic interior have/express/depict/illustrate a traditional/mythological/historical/religious theme create an abstract composition/a richly textured surface/a distorted perspective paint dark/rich/flesh tones use broad brush strokes/loose brushwork/vibrant colors/a limited palette/simple geometric forms develop/adopt/paint in a stylized manner/an abstract styleshowing and selling art commission an altarpiece/a bronze bust of somebody/a portrait/a religious work/an artist to paint something frame a painting/a portrait/a piece/an artwork hang art/a picture/a painting/a piece/an artwork display/exhibit modern art/somebody's work/a collection/original artwork/ drawings/sculptures/a piece be displayed/hung in a gallery/museum install/place a sculpture in/at/on something erect/unveil/dedicate a bronze/marble statue hold/host/mount/open/curate/see an exhibition/exhibit be/go on exhibit feature/promote/showcase contemporary works/a conceptual artist collect African art/modern American paintings/Japanese prints restore/preserve great works of art/a fresco
  3. 3[transitive] to give a particular impression of someone or something synonym portray paint somebody/something as something The article paints them as a bunch of petty criminals. paint somebody/something in… The documentary painted her in a bad light.
  4. 4[transitive] paint something to put colored makeup on your nails, lips, etc.
  5. Idioms
    not as black as he/she/it is painted
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    not as bad as people say he/she/it is Is he really as black as he's painted?
    paint a (grim, gloomy, rosy, etc.) picture of somebody/something
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    to describe something in a particular way; to give a particular impression of someone or something The report paints a vivid picture of life in the city. Journalists paint a grim picture of conditions in the camps.
    paint the town (red) (informal)
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    to go to a lot of different bars, clubs, etc. and enjoy yourself
    paint something with a broad brush
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    to describe something in a general way, ignoring the details
    Phrasal Verbspaint somethingoutpaint over something
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