brush up

brush up
verb
1. refresh one's memory (Freq. 1)
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I reviewed the material before the test

Syn: ↑review, ↑refresh
Derivationally related forms: ↑refresher (for: ↑refresh), ↑brushup, ↑review (for: ↑review)
Hypernyms:
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s PP

2. bring to a highly developed, finished, or refined state
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polish your social manners

Syn: ↑polish, ↑round, ↑round off, ↑polish up
Derivationally related forms: ↑polish (for: ↑polish)
Hypernyms: ↑perfect, ↑hone
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

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[verb]
revise, bone up (informal), cram, go over, polish up, read up, refresh one's memory, relearn, study

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transitive verb
1. : to polish up or improve by eliminating small imperfections

spent their off time in brushing up their act

2. : to refresh one's memory of : renew one's skill in or knowledge of

brush up your Shakespeare

brushed up his piano technique

: to refresh one's memory : renew one's skill or knowledge — used with on

brushing up on his golf

brushing up on their understanding of the accepted maritime law — F.L.Paxson

brush up on the significant dates before the history exam

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brush up
1. To freshen one's appearance
2. To clean and tidy
3. To renew one's knowledge of (a subject; sometimes with on) (brushˈ-up noun)
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Main Entry:brush

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ˌbrush ˈup [intransitive/transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they brush up he/she/it brushes up present participle brushing up past tense brushed up past participle brushed up] phrasal verb
to practise and improve your skills or knowledge of something

I took a class to brush up my German before the trip.

brush up on:

the opportunity to brush up on various techniques

Thesaurus: practice and practising doing somethingsynonym
Main entry: brush

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brush up [phrasal verb]
brush up or brush up (something) : to improve your skill at (something) or increase your knowledge of (something)

My Spanish is very rusty. I need to brush up before I go on my vacation to Mexico.

I need to brush up my Spanish.

— often + on

I need to brush up on my Spanish.

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Main Entry:brush

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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