• IPA: /pəˈlaɪt/

polite (comparative politer, superlative politest)

  1. Well-mannered, civilized.
    • 1733, Alexander Pope, Epistle to Bathurst
      He marries, bows at court, and grows polite.
    It's not polite to use a mobile phone in a restaurant.
  2. (obsolete) Smooth, polished, burnished.
    • rays of light falling on a polite surface
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polite (polites, present participle politing; past and past participle polited)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To polish; to refine; to render polite.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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