When you polish something, you rub and buff it until it shines. You might need to polish your reading glasses from time to time.
You might polish your wooden coffee table with a cloth or polish beach stones until they gleam. Polish is also a noun, meaning either the spray you use to shine up your furniture or the shininess itself: "The polish on that desk is unbelievable — I can almost see my reflection in it!" There is also a figurative kind of polish, a sort of elegance or clarity you might see in well-edited writing or a fashionable woman sliding into a taxi.
v make (a surface) shine
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polish with wax
make slick or smooth
buff, burnish, furbish
polish and make shiny
give a shine or gloss to, usually by rubbing
v improve or perfect by pruning or polishing
refine too much or with excess of subtlety
civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, school, train
teach or refine to be discriminative in taste or judgment
make less natural or innocent
n the property of being smooth and shiny
the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac
a glossy finish on a fabric