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

      

    paint

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//peɪnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪnt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paint
    BrE BrE//peɪnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪnt//
     
    he / she / it paints
    BrE BrE//peɪnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//peɪnts//
     
    past simple painted
    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪntɪd//
     
    past participle painted
    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪntɪd//
     
    -ing form painting
    BrE BrE//ˈpeɪntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪntɪŋ//
     
    Artwork and techniques, Interior décor, Art equipment
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] paint something (with something) to cover a surface or object with paint paint (something) We've had the house painted. Paint the shed with weather-resistant paint. a brightly painted barge paint something + adj./noun The walls were painted yellow. CollocationsDecorating and home improvementHouses refurbish/​renovate/ (British English) do up a building/​a house convert a building/​house/​room into homes/​offices/(especially North American English) apartments/(British English) flats extend/​enlarge a house/​building/​room/​kitchen build (British English) an extension (to the back/​rear of a house)/(North American English) an addition (on/​to something)/(British English) a conservatory knock down/​demolish a house/​home/​building/​wall knock out/​through the wall separating two roomsDecoration furnish/​paint/ (especially British English) decorate a home/​house/​apartment/​flat/​room be decorated in bright colours/(especially US English) colors/​in a traditional style/​with flowers/​with paintings paint/​plaster the walls/​ceiling hang/​put up/​strip off/​remove the wallpaper install/​replace/​remove the bathroom fixtures/(British English) fittings build/​put up shelves lay wooden flooring/​timber decking/​floor tiles/​a carpet/​a patio put up/​hang/​take down a picture/​painting/​poster/​curtainDIY/​home improvement do (British English) DIY/​carpentry/​the plumbing/​the wiring make home improvements add/​install central heating/​underfloor heating/​insulation fit/​install double-glazing/​a smoke alarm insulate your house/​your home/​the walls/​the pipes/​the tanks/(especially British English) the loft fix/​repair a roof/​a leak/​a pipe/​the plumbing/​a leaking (especially British English) tap/(usually North American English) faucet block/​clog (up)/unblock/​unclog a pipe/​sink make/​drill/​fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/​remove a nail tighten/​untighten/​loosen/​remove a screw saw/​cut/​treat/​stain/​varnish/​paint wood See related entries: Interior décor
  2. 2  [transitive, intransitive] to make a picture or design using paints paint something/somebody to paint portraits A friend painted the children for me (= painted a picture of the children). paint something on something Slogans had been painted on the walls. paint (in something) She paints in oils. My mother paints well. CollocationsFine artsCreating art make a work of art/​a drawing/​a sketch/​a sculpture/​a statue/​engravings/​etchings/​prints do an oil painting/​a self-portrait/​a line drawing/​a rough sketch create a work of art/​an artwork/​paintings and sculptures produce paintings/​portraits/​oil sketches/​his most celebrated work/​a series of prints paint a picture/​landscape/​portrait/​mural/​in oils/​in watercolours/(especially US English) in watercolors/​on canvas draw a picture/​a portrait/​a cartoon/​a sketch/​a line/​a figure/​the human form/​in charcoal/​in ink sketch a preliminary drawing/​a figure/​a shape carve a figure/​an image/​a sculpture/​an altarpiece/​reliefs/​a block of wood sculpt a portrait bust/​a statue/​an abstract figure etch a line/​a pattern/​a design/​a name into the glass mix colours/(especially US English) colors/​pigments/​paints add/​apply thin/​thick layers of paint/​colour/(especially US English) color/​pigment use oil pastels/​charcoal/​acrylic paint/​a can of spray paint work in bronze/​ceramics/​stone/​oils/​pastels/​watercolour/​a wide variety of mediaDescribing art paint/​depict a female figure/​a biblical scene/​a pastoral landscape/​a domestic interior depict/​illustrate a traditional/​mythological/​historical/​religious theme create an abstract composition/​a richly textured surface/​a distorted perspective paint dark/​rich/​skin/​flesh tones use broad brush strokes/​loose brushwork/​vibrant colours/​a limited palette/​simple geometric forms develop/​adopt/​paint in a stylized manner/​an abstract styleShowing and selling art commission an altarpiece/​a bronze bust of somebody/​a portrait/​a religious work/​an artist to paint something frame a painting/​portrait hang art/​a picture/​a painting display/​exhibit modern art/​somebody’s work/​a collection/​original artwork/​drawings/​sculptures/​a piece be displayed/​hung in a gallery/​museum install/​place a sculpture in/​at/​on something erect/​unveil a bronze/​marble/​life-size statue hold/​host/​mount/​open/​curate/​see an exhibition (especially British English)/(usually North American English) an exhibit be/​go on (British English) exhibition/(North American English) exhibit feature/​promote/​showcase a conceptual artist/​contemporary works collect African art/​modern British paintings/​Japanese prints restore/​preserve a fresco/​great works of art See related entries: Artwork and techniques, Art equipment
  3. 3[transitive] to give a particular impression of somebody/something synonym portray paint somebody/something as something The article paints them as a bunch of petty criminals. paint somebody/something in… The documentary painted her in a bad light.
  4. 4[transitive] paint something to put coloured make-up on your nails, lips, etc.
  5. Word Origin Middle English: from peint ‘painted’, past participle of Old French peindre, from Latin pingere ‘to paint’.Extra examples I like to paint on canvas. Paint the box all over with varnish. The walls had been painted very badly. We painted the walls light green. a crudely painted human figure an artist who usually paints in oils the cheerful, brightly painted doors A friend painted the children for me. My mother paints quite well. We’ve decided to have the house painted.Idioms
    not as black as he/she/it is painted
     
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    not as bad as people say he/she/it is He's not very friendly, but he's not as black as he's painted.
    paint a (grim, gloomy, rosy, etc.) picture of somebody/something
     
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    to describe somebody/something in a particular way; to give a particular impression of somebody/something The report paints a vivid picture of life in the city. Journalists paint a grim picture of conditions in the camps.
    (informal) to go to a lot of different bars, clubs, etc. and enjoy yourself
    paint something with a broad brush
     
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    to describe something in a general way, ignoring the details
    Phrasal Verbspaint somethingoutpaint over something
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