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verb [intransitive/transitive]     preen pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participlepreening
past tensepreened
past participlepreened
  1. 1
    if a bird or animal preens or preens itself, it cleans and arranges its feathers or fur with its beak or tongue
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  2. 2
    to spend a lot of time trying to make yourself look more attractive by arranging your hair, putting on make-up etc
  3. 3
    to feel very proud or satisfied with something that you have done
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an unregulated form of capitalism that features financial deregulation, privatisation and low tax for high earners

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