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The verb 'polish' implies you actively rub something to enhance its appearance. SlideWe polish the trophy before each game.
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Polishing usually involves time and careful effort to make something look better. SlideHe spends Sundays polishing his vintage car.
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Can be used metaphorically to mean improving skills or a piece of work. SlideShe polished her speech for weeks.