- 1gild something (literary) to make something look bright, as if covered with gold The golden light gilded the sea.
- 2gild something to cover something with a thin layer of gold or gold paint Idioms
NAmE//ɡɪld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gild
he / she / it gilds
past simple gilded
-ing form gilding
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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