- 1 [transitive, intransitive] to make something smooth and shiny by rubbing it polish (something) Polish shoes regularly to protect the leather. The gemstones are cut and polished by master craftsmen. polish something (up) (with something) He polished his glasses with a handkerchief. She polished the apple on her sleeve.
- 2[transitive] to make changes to something in order to improve it polish something The statement was carefully polished and checked before release. polish something up The hotel has polished up its act (= improved its service) since last year. Phrasal Verbspolish somebodyoffpolish somethingoff
NAmE//ˈpɑlɪʃ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they polish
he / she / it polishes
past simple polished
-ing form polishing