paint1 W3S2 [peınt] n [U]
1.) a liquid that you put on a surface, using a brush to make the surface a particular colour
a can of blue paint
Wet paint (=used as a warning on signs when something has just been painted)
The whole house could do with a fresh coat of paint .
peeling/flaking paint
(=old paint that is starting to come off the surface)
All this room needs is a lick of paint (=paint used to make a place more attractive) .
palette, ↑paint
2.) paints
tubes or dry blocks of a coloured substance, used for painting pictures
acrylic and oil paints
paint 2
paint2 W3S2 v
[Date: 1100-1200; : Old French; Origin: peint, past participle of peindre 'to paint', from Latin pingere]
1.) [I and T]
to put paint on a surface
The ceiling needs painting.
brightly painted houses
paint sth (in) blue/red/green etc
We painted the door blue.
Paint the walls in a contrasting colour.
The living room was painted in pastel shades of pink and blue.
2.) [I and T]
to make a picture, design etc using paint
A white cross was painted on the door.
Turner is famous for painting landscapes.
paint in oils/watercolours etc
(=paint using a particular type of paint)
He paints mainly in acrylics.
3.) [T]
to put a coloured substance on part of your face or body to make it different or more attractive
The children's faces were painted to look like animals.
She'd painted her toenails with red nail polish.
4.) [T]
to describe someone or something in a particular way
paint sb/sth as sth
She's often been painted as a tough businesswoman.
paint a grim/rosy/gloomy picture of sb/sth
Dickens painted a grim picture of Victorian life.
The article painted him in a bad light (=described him in a way that made him seem bad) .
5.) paint the town (red) informal to go out to bars, clubs etc to enjoy yourself
not be as black as you are painted atblack1 (10)
paint out [paint sth<=>out] phr v
to cover part of a picture or sign with paint so that it can no longer be seen
The name of the firm had been partially painted out.
paint over [paint over sth] phr v
to cover a picture or surface with new paint
Much of the original decoration was painted over.

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