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Definition of gild verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gild
    he / she / it gilds
    past simple gilded
    -ing form gilding
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  1. 1gild something (literary) to make something look bright, as if covered with gold The golden light gilded the sea.
  2. 2gild something to cover something with a thin layer of gold or gold paint
  3. Idioms
    gild the lily
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    to spoil something that is already good or beautiful by trying to improve it Some people add a little brandy to the recipe but I think this is gilding the lily.
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