- polish [päl′ish]vt.[ME polischen < inflected stem of OFr polir < L polire, to polish, prob. < IE base * pel-, to drive, impel > FELT1]1.a) to smooth and brighten, as by rubbingb) to coat with polish, wax, etc. and make bright or glossy2. to improve or refine (someone or someone's manners, appearance, etc.) as by removing crudeness or vulgarity3. to complete or embellish (a piece of writing, etc.); finish; perfectvi.to take a polish; become glossy, elegant, or refinedn.1. a surface gloss2. elegance, refinement, cultivation, finish, or the like3. a substance used for polishing4. the act of polishing or condition of being polished——————polish off Informal1. to finish (a meal, job, etc.) completely and quickly2. to overcome or get rid of (a competitor, enemy, etc.)——————polish upInformal to improve (something)polishern.SYN.- POLISH implies a rubbing, as with a cloth or tool and, often, an abrasive, paste, etc., to produce a smooth or glossy surface [to polish silver, glass, furniture, etc. ]; BURNISH specifically suggests a rubbing of metals to make them bright and lustrous [burnished steel ]; BUFF1 implies polishing with a stick or tool covered with specially treated leather (originally buffalo hide) or other material [to buff the fingernails ]; SHINE implies a making bright and clean by polishing [to shine shoes ]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.