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POLISHED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does polished mean? 

POLISHED (adjective)
  The adjective POLISHED has 4 senses:

1. perfected or made shiny and smooth
2. showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience
3. (of grains especially rice) having the husk or outer layers removed
4. (of lumber or stone) to trim and smooth

  Familiarity information: POLISHED used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


POLISHED (adjective)


Sense 1polished [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Perfected or made shiny and smooth

Context examples:

his polished prose / in a freshly ironed dress and polished shoes / freshly polished silver

Similar:

bright; burnished; lustrous; shining; shiny (made smooth and bright by or as if by rubbing; reflecting a sheen or glow)

finished ((of skills or the products of skills) brought to or having the greatest excellence; perfected)

Also:

bright (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts)

Antonym:

unpolished (not carefully reworked or perfected or made smooth by polishing)


Sense 2polished [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Showing a high degree of refinement and the assurance that comes from wide social experience

Synonyms:

svelte; urbane; polished; refined

Context examples:

his polished manner / maintained an urbane tone in his letters

Similar:

sophisticated (having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire)


Sense 3polished [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of grains especially rice) having the husk or outer layers removed

Synonyms:

milled; polished

Context example:

polished rice

Similar:

processed (prepared or converted from a natural state by subjecting to a special process)


Sense 4polished [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of lumber or stone) to trim and smooth

Synonyms:

dressed; polished

Similar:

finished ((of materials or goods) brought to the desired final state)


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