|Origin:||peint, past participle of peindre 'to paint', from Latin pingere|
1 [intransitive and transitive]DHTB
to put paint on a surface:
The ceiling needs painting.
brightly painted houses
paint something (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 [intransitive and transitive]
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.
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.
to describe someone or something in a particular way
paint somebody/something as something
She's often been painted as a tough businesswoman.
paint a grim/rosy/gloomy picture of somebody/something
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).
to go out to bars, clubs etc to enjoy yourself
➔ not be as black as you are paintedat black1 (10)
paint something ↔ outphrasal verb
The name of the firm had been partially painted out.
paint over somethingphrasal verb
to cover a picture or surface with new paint:
Much of the original decoration was painted over.