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preen



Pronunciation: (prēn), [key]
v.t.
1. (of animals, esp. birds) to trim or dress (feathers, fur, etc.) with the beak or tongue: The peacock preened itself on the lawn.
2. to dress (oneself) carefully or smartly; primp: The king preened himself in his elaborate ceremonial robes.
3. to pride (oneself) on an achievement, personal quality, etc.: He preened himself on having been graduated with honors.

v.i.
1. to make oneself appear striking or smart in dress or appearance: No amount of careful preening will compensate for poor posture.
2. to be exultant or proud.

preen



Pronunciation: (prēn), [key]
n. Chiefly Brit. Dial.
a pin or brooch.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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