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

     

    gild

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪld//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gild
    BrE BrE//ɡɪld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪld//
     
    he / she / it gilds
    BrE BrE//ɡɪldz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡɪldz//
     
    past simple gilded
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪldɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪldɪd//
     
    past participle gilded
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪldɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪldɪd//
     
    -ing form gilding
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɪldɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡɪldɪŋ//
     
    Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
     
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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 See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
  3. Word Origin Old English gyldan, of Germanic origin; related to gold.Idioms 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 feel this is gilding the lily.
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