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furnishing

[fur-ni-shing]
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noun
  1. furnishings,
    1. furniture, carpeting, etc., for a house or room.
    2. articles or accessories of dress: men's furnishings.
  2. that with which anything is furnished.
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Origin of furnishing

First recorded in 1490–1500; furnish + -ing1

furnish

[fur-nish]
verb (used with object)
  1. to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc.
  2. to provide or supply (often followed by with): The delay furnished me with the time I needed.
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noun
  1. paper pulp and any ingredients added to it prior to its introduction into a papermaking machine.
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Origin of furnish

1400–50; late Middle English furnisshen < Old French furniss-, long stem of furnir to accomplish, furnish < Germanic; compare Old High German frumjan to provide
Related formsfur·nish·er, nounhalf-fur·nished, adjectiveo·ver·fur·nish, verb (used with object)pre·fur·nish, verb (used with object)re·fur·nish, verb (used with object)self-fur·nished, adjectivesem·i·fur·nished, adjectiveun·der·fur·nish, verb (used with object)un·fur·nished, adjectivewell-fur·nished, adjective
Can be confusedrefinish refurbish refurnish

Synonyms

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1, 2. rig, outfit, deck out. Furnish, appoint, equip all refer to providing something necessary. Furnish emphasizes the idea of providing necessary or customary services or appliances in living quarters: to furnish board; a room meagerly furnished with a bed, desk, and a wooden chair. Appoint (now found only in well-appointed ) means to furnish completely with all requisites or accessories or in an elegant style: a well-appointed house. Equip means to supply with necessary materials or apparatus for some service, action, or undertaking; it emphasizes preparation: to equip a vessel, a soldier.
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Examples from the Web for furnishing

Historical Examples

  • He began to make tentative suggestions as to their furnishing.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • He had great hopes of furnishing equable weather to all the Earth.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • The furnishing of the house was a most important undertaking.

  • It was only when I went to my bedroom that I realised the oversights which I had made in my furnishing.

  • As yet, we have seen no arrangement for furnishing air to the chick.

    The Meaning of Evolution

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British Dictionary definitions for furnishing

furnish

verb (tr)
  1. to provide (a house, room, etc) with furniture, carpets, etc
  2. to equip with what is necessary; fit out
  3. to give; supplythe records furnished the information required
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Derived Formsfurnisher, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French fournir, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German frummen to carry out
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Word Origin and History for furnishing

furnish

v.

mid-15c., from Middle French furniss-, present participle stem of furnir "furnish, accomplish," from Old French fornir (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fornire, alteration of *fromire, from West Germanic *frumjan "forward movement, advancement" (cf. Old High German frumjan "to do, execute, provide"), from Proto-Germanic *fram- "forwards" (see from). Meaning "to provide" (something) is from 1520s. Related: Furnished; furnishing.

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