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verb [intransitive/transitive]     preen pronunciation in American English
/prin/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypreen
he/she/itpreens
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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