Burnish (verb)

  1. To make smooth and glossy by rubbing; to polish.
  2. To improve or enhance the surface of something by rubbing it.
  3. To make something more attractive or impressive by adding or increasing certain qualities.

Origin:

Derived from the middle english word burnischen, which comes from the old french word burnir, meaning to polish or make shiny.

Examples:

  1. She burnished the silverware with a soft cloth.
  2. The shoes were burnished to a high shine.
  3. He burnished his reputation as a great leader.
  4. Burnishing the floor made it look brand new.
  5. I burnished my car and the paint looked like new again.
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