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bur·nish

 (bûr′nĭsh)
tr.v. bur·nished, bur·nish·ing, bur·nish·es
1. To make smooth or glossy by rubbing; polish.
2. To rub with a tool that serves especially to smooth or polish.
3. To improve or make more impressive: achievements that burnished her reputation.
n.
A smooth glossy finish or appearance; luster.

[Middle English burnishen, from Old French burnir, burniss-, variant of brunir, from brun, shining, of Germanic origin; see bher- in Indo-European roots.]

bur′nish·er n.

burnish

(ˈbɜːnɪʃ)
vb
(Art Terms) to make or become shiny or smooth by friction; polish
n
(Art Terms) a shiny finish; lustre
[C14 burnischen, from Old French brunir to make brown, from brun brown]
ˈburnishable adj
ˈburnisher n

bur•nish

(ˈbɜr nɪʃ)
v.t.
1. to polish (a surface) by friction.
2. to make smooth and bright, esp. by rubbing with a tool.
n.
3. brightness; luster.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French burniss-, Middle French bruniss- (long s. of burnir,brunir to darken, polish) <brun- brown]
bur′nish•er, n.

burnish


Past participle: burnished
Gerund: burnishing

Imperative
burnish
burnish
Present
I burnish
you burnish
he/she/it burnishes
we burnish
you burnish
they burnish
Preterite
I burnished
you burnished
he/she/it burnished
we burnished
you burnished
they burnished
Present Continuous
I am burnishing
you are burnishing
he/she/it is burnishing
we are burnishing
you are burnishing
they are burnishing
Present Perfect
I have burnished
you have burnished
he/she/it has burnished
we have burnished
you have burnished
they have burnished
Past Continuous
I was burnishing
you were burnishing
he/she/it was burnishing
we were burnishing
you were burnishing
they were burnishing
Past Perfect
I had burnished
you had burnished
he/she/it had burnished
we had burnished
you had burnished
they had burnished
Future
I will burnish
you will burnish
he/she/it will burnish
we will burnish
you will burnish
they will burnish
Future Perfect
I will have burnished
you will have burnished
he/she/it will have burnished
we will have burnished
you will have burnished
they will have burnished
Future Continuous
I will be burnishing
you will be burnishing
he/she/it will be burnishing
we will be burnishing
you will be burnishing
they will be burnishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been burnishing
you have been burnishing
he/she/it has been burnishing
we have been burnishing
you have been burnishing
they have been burnishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been burnishing
you will have been burnishing
he/she/it will have been burnishing
we will have been burnishing
you will have been burnishing
they will have been burnishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been burnishing
you had been burnishing
he/she/it had been burnishing
we had been burnishing
you had been burnishing
they had been burnishing
Conditional
I would burnish
you would burnish
he/she/it would burnish
we would burnish
you would burnish
they would burnish
Past Conditional
I would have burnished
you would have burnished
he/she/it would have burnished
we would have burnished
you would have burnished
they would have burnished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.burnish - the property of being smooth and shinyburnish - the property of being smooth and shiny
smoothness - a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch; "admiring the slim smoothness of her thighs"; "some artists prefer the smoothness of a board"
radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine, effulgence, radiance - the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
French polish - the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac
glaze - a glossy finish on a fabric
Verb1.burnish - polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my shoes"
polish, smooth, smoothen, shine - make (a surface) shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"

burnish

verb
1. improve, enhance, brighten, refine, cultivate, brush up, touch up, emend The company badly needs a president who can burnish its image.
2. polish, shine, buff, brighten, rub up, furbish His shoes were burnished, his shirt perfectly pressed.
polish scratch, graze, scuff, abrade

burnish

verb
To give a gleaming luster to, usually through friction:
noun
A radiant brightness or glow, usually due to light reflected from a smooth surface:
Translations
يَصْقُلُ، يُلَمِّعُ المَعادِن
leštit
polerepudse
fényesre csiszol
fægja
blizgintinublizgintinupoliruotipoliruoti
pulētspodrināt
cilalamakparlatmak

burnish

[ˈbɜːnɪʃ] VT
1. [+ metal] → bruñir
2. (fig) [+ image] → mejorar

burnish

[ˈbɜːrnɪʃ] vtpolir

burnish

vt metalpolieren; (fig) imageaufpolieren

burnish

[ˈbɜːnɪʃ] vtbrunire

burnish

(ˈbəːniʃ) verb
to make (metal) bright by polishing. They burnished the silver.
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