That seductive gleam on that Porsche behind the dealer's window? It's called a burnish, a gloss only achieved by loads of polishing. Likewise, you can burnish a resume by polishing it until it's perfect.

A caution about usage: burnish in the physical sense is usually reserved for inanimate objects, not people — you usually wouldn't say that someone's appearance is "burnished to perfection" or that your freshly scrubbed face is burnished. But you could burnish a car, a suit of armor, or a copper kettle. Reputations are among the most common non-physical things to be burnished.

Definitions of burnish

v polish and make shiny

buff, furbish
Type of:
polish, shine, smooth, smoothen
make (a surface) shine

n the property of being smooth and shiny

gloss, glossiness, polish
French polish
the glaze produced by repeated applications of French polish shellac
a glossy finish on a fabric
Type of:
a texture without roughness; smooth to the touch
effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine
the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light

v bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state

brush up, polish, polish up, round, round off
Type of:
hone, perfect
refine or make more perfect or effective

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