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Definition of powder verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

powder

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈpaʊdə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊdər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they powder
BrE BrE//ˈpaʊdə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊdər//
 
he / she / it powders
BrE BrE//ˈpaʊdəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊdərz//
 
past simple powdered
BrE BrE//ˈpaʊdəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊdərd//
 
past participle powdered
BrE BrE//ˈpaʊdəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊdərd//
 
-ing form powdering
BrE BrE//ˈpaʊdərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpaʊdərɪŋ//
 
 
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  • powder something to put powder on something She powdered her face and put on her lipstick.
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French poudre, from Latin pulvis, pulver- ‘dust’.Idioms (old-fashioned) a polite way of referring to the fact that a woman is going to the toilet/bathroom I'm just going to powder my nose.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: powder