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[fur-ni-shing] /ˈfɜr nɪ ʃɪŋ/
  1. furniture, carpeting, etc., for a house or room.
  2. articles or accessories of dress:
    men's furnishings.
that with which anything is furnished.
Origin of furnishing
First recorded in 1490-1500; furnish + -ing1


[fur-nish] /ˈfɜr nɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc.
to provide or supply (often followed by with):
The delay furnished me with the time I needed.
paper pulp and any ingredients added to it prior to its introduction into a papermaking machine.
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 forms
furnisher, noun
half-furnished, adjective
overfurnish, verb (used with object)
prefurnish, verb (used with object)
refurnish, verb (used with object)
self-furnished, adjective
semifurnished, adjective
underfurnish, verb (used with object)
unfurnished, adjective
well-furnished, adjective
Can be confused
refinish, refurbish, refurnish.
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. Unabridged
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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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  • He had great hopes of furnishing equable weather to all the Earth.

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  • 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.

    The Stark Munro Letters J. Stark Munro
  • As yet, we have seen no arrangement for furnishing air to the chick.

    The Meaning of Evolution Samuel Christian Schmucker
  • The latter are regarded as furnishing a type of excellence to which the former cannot attain.

    Cratylus Plato
  • He dragged her from room to room, furnishing as he went along.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • He had got so far by this time that the furnishing was complete and they were installed.

    The Great Hunger Johan Bojer
  • It is furnishing the power under which the enterprise operates.

    Creating Capital Frederick L. Lipman
  • And by way of furnishing a description he sent a printed card, which I read.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
British Dictionary definitions for furnishing


verb (transitive)
to provide (a house, room, etc) with furniture, carpets, etc
to equip with what is necessary; fit out
to give; supply: the records furnished the information required
Derived Forms
furnisher, 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



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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