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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 po·lite /pəˈlaɪt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Po·lite a. [Compar. Politer superl. Politest.]
 1. Smooth; polished. [Obs.]
    Rays of light falling on a polite surface.   --Sir I. Newton.
 2. Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred; courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil.
    He marries, bows at court, and grows polite.   --Pope.
 3. Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish; as, polite literature.
 Syn: -- Polished; refined; well bred; courteous; affable; urbane; civil; courtly; elegant; genteel.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Po·lite, v. t. To polish; to refine; to render polite. [Obs.]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
             [ant: impolite]
      2: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated
         speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a
         genteel old lady"; "polite society" [syn: civilized, civilised,
          cultivated, cultured, genteel]
      3: not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal)
         adherence to social usages and sufficient but not
         noteworthy consideration for others; "even if he didn't
         like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham [syn: civil]
         [ant: uncivil]