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.


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


  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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