Synonyms of polish in English:

polish


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verb

1‘I polished his shoes’

SYNONYMS
shine, wax, buff, rub up, rub down
gloss, burnish, brighten, smooth
varnish, oil, glaze, lacquer, enamel, japan, shellac
archaic furbish

2‘it's time to polish up your essay’

SYNONYMS
perfect, refine, improve, hone, embellish, enhance, put the final touches to, put the finishing touches to
brush up, revise, copy-edit, correct, emend, rewrite, rephrase, rescript, go over, touch up, finish off
informal clean up

noun

1‘shoe polish’

SYNONYMS
wax, varnish, glaze, lacquer, enamel, japan, shellac

2‘this process achieves a good surface polish’

SYNONYMS
shine, gloss, lustre, sheen, sparkle, patina, finish, smoothness

3‘he had changed, with all his polish and scholarship’

SYNONYMS
sophistication, refinement, urbanity, suavity, suaveness, elegance, style, grace, finish, accomplishment, finesse, subtlety, distinction, taste, cultivation, culture, politeness, civility, gentility, breeding, courtesy, courteousness, manners, good manners
informal class
humorous couth

Phrases

    polish something off

    1‘he had polished off an apple pie and a strawberry milkshake’


    SYNONYMS

    eat up, finish, consume, devour, eat greedily, guzzle, feast on, binge-eat, wolf down, down, bolt

    drink up, empty, drain, quaff, gulp, gulp down

    informal

    binge on, stuff one's face with, stuff oneself with, get outside of, murder, pack away, put away, scoff, scoff down, shovel down, pig oneself on, pig out on, sink, swill, knock back, get one's laughing gear round

    British informal

    shift, gollop, bevvy

    North American informal

    scarf, scarf down, scarf up, snarf, snarf down, snarf up, inhale, chug

    rare

    ingurgitate, bib

    2‘a third enemy plane tried to polish him off’


    SYNONYMS

    destroy, put an end to, finish off, dispatch, dispose of, do away with, eliminate, kill, liquidate

    informal

    bump off, knock off, do in, blow away, take out

    North American informal

    rub out

    3‘I'll polish off the last few pages’


    SYNONYMS

    complete, finish, deal with, wrap up, accomplish, execute, discharge, do, get done, fulfil, achieve, attain, end, conclude, close, bring to a close, bring to a conclusion, bring to a end, finalize, stop, cease, terminate, round off, wind up

    informal

    sew up, have something sewn up