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 for preen
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preen \Preen\, n. [AS. pre['o]n a clasp, bodkin; akin to D.
     priem punch, bodkin, awl, G. pfriem, Icel. prj[=o]nn a
     knitting needle, pin, Dan. preen a bodkin, punch.]
     A forked tool used by clothiers in dressing cloth.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preen \Preen\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Preened; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Preening.] [See Preen, n.; or cf. Prune.]
     1. To dress with, or as with, a preen; to trim or dress with
        the beak, as the feathers; -- said of birds. --Derham.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. To trim up, as trees. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Hence: To dress (oneself) carefully or stylishly; to
        primp.
        [PJC]
  
     4. To pride (oneself) on one's accomplishments; to
        congratulate (oneself).
        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Preen \Preen\, v. i.
     To dress up neatly and smartly; to make oneself well-groomed
     and well-dressed.
     [PJC]
  
     2. To feel proud of one's achievement; to swell or gloat.
        [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  preen
      v 1: clean with one's bill; "The birds preened" [syn: preen,
           plume]
      2: pride or congratulate (oneself) for an achievement [syn:
         preen, congratulate]
      3: dress or groom with elaborate care; "She likes to dress when
         going to the opera" [syn: preen, primp, plume, dress]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  53 Moby Thesaurus words for "preen":
     adorn, array, beautify, bedeck, bedizen, blazon, brush up, clean,
     color, dandify, deck, deck out, decorate, dizen, doll up, dress,
     dress up, embellish, emblazon, embroider, enrich, fettle, fig out,
     fix up, furbish, garnish, grace, groom, gussy up, manicure,
     ornament, paint, pique, plume, prank, prank up, prettify, primp,
     primp up, prink, prink up, redecorate, redo, refurbish, set off,
     set out, smarten, smarten up, spruce up, titivate, trick out,
     trick up, trim
  
  

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