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

      

    polish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒlɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːlɪʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they polish
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒlɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːlɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it polishes
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒlɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːlɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple polished
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒlɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːlɪʃt//
     
    past participle polished
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒlɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːlɪʃt//
     
    -ing form polishing
    BrE BrE//ˈpɒlɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːlɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 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. The floor had been polished smooth. see also French polish
  2. 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.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French poliss-, lengthened stem of polir ‘to polish’, from Latin polire. Phrasal Verbspolish somebodyoffpolish somethingoff
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: polish