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Thursday, August 26

Burnish

[BER-nish]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Middle English, early 14th century

1.

Enhance or perfect (something such as a reputation or a skill).

2.

Polish (something, especially metal) by rubbing.

Examples of Burnish in a sentence

"Mary knew she would have to burnish her research skills to shine in her job hunt."

"Betty liked to burnish her collection of silver every month."

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About Burnish

This word stems from Middle English by way of the Old French “burniss-,” a lengthened stem of “burnir” that means to “make brown.”

Did you Know?

“Burnish” can also be a noun that means the shine on a highly polished surface.

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