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PREEN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does preen mean? 

PREEN (verb)
  The verb PREEN has 3 senses:

1. clean with one's bill
2. pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement
3. dress or groom with elaborate care

  Familiarity information: PREEN used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREEN (verb)


Sense 1preen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clean with one's bill

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

preen; plume

Context example:

The birds preened

Hypernyms (to "preen" is one way to...):

arrange; set up (put into a proper or systematic order)

clean; make clean (make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 2preen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

preen; congratulate

Hypernyms (to "preen" is one way to...):

crow; gloat; triumph (dwell on with satisfaction)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 3preen [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dress or groom with elaborate care

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

primp; preen; dress; plume

Context example:

She likes to dress when going to the opera

Hypernyms (to "preen" is one way to...):

attire; deck out; deck up; dress up; fancy up; fig out; fig up; get up; gussy up; overdress; prink; rig out; tog out; tog up; trick out; trick up (put on special clothes to appear particularly appealing and attractive)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

They preen
They preen themselves


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