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

 

burnish

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːnɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrnɪʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they burnish
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːnɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrnɪʃ//
 
he / she / it burnishes
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːnɪʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrnɪʃɪz//
 
past simple burnished
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːnɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrnɪʃt//
 
past participle burnished
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːnɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrnɪʃt//
 
-ing form burnishing
BrE BrE//ˈbɜːnɪʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɜːrnɪʃɪŋ//
 
 
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burnish something (formal) to polish metal until it is smooth and shiny Word Origin Middle English: from Old French burniss-, lengthened stem of burnir, variant of brunir ‘make brown’, from brun ‘brown’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: burnish