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

 

varnish

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈvɑːnɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːrnɪʃ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they varnish
BrE BrE//ˈvɑːnɪʃ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːrnɪʃ//
 
he / she / it varnishes
BrE BrE//ˈvɑːnɪʃɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːrnɪʃɪz//
 
past simple varnished
BrE BrE//ˈvɑːnɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːrnɪʃt//
 
past participle varnished
BrE BrE//ˈvɑːnɪʃt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːrnɪʃt//
 
-ing form varnishing
BrE BrE//ˈvɑːnɪʃɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɑːrnɪʃɪŋ//
 
Describing architecture
 
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to put varnish on the surface of something varnish something The doors are then stained and varnished. (British English) Josie was sitting at her desk, varnishing her nails. varnish something + noun Her nails were varnished a brilliant shade of red. See related entries: Describing architecture Word Origin Middle English: from Old French vernis, from medieval Latin veronix ‘fragrant resin’ or medieval Greek berenikē, probably from Berenice, a town in Cyrenaica, a region of NE Libya.
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