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[ree-fur-bish] /riˈfɜr bɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to furbish again; renovate; brighten:
to refurbish the lobby.
Origin of refurbish
First recorded in 1605-15; re- + furbish
Related forms
refurbishment, noun
Can be confused
refinish, refurbish, refurnish.
refurnish, redecorate. Unabridged
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  • It was Josie Fifer's duty not only to tabulate and care for these relics, but to refurbish them when necessary.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
  • We were to meet the directors of the Hudson's Bay Company that night, and we had come out to refurbish our scant, wild attire.

    Heralds of Empire

    Agnes C. Laut
  • Why revamp and refurbish the old platitudes and dole them out each succeeding year?

    Craftsmanship in Teaching

    William Chandler Bagley
  • If he venture to clean or refurbish his board without authorisation, he will receive a summons and be compelled to pay a fine.

  • In January 1971 Radio Sofia took steps to refurbish its old programming.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
British Dictionary definitions for refurbish


(transitive) to make neat, clean, or complete, as by renovating, re-equipping, or restoring
Derived Forms
refurbishing, refurbishment, noun
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Word Origin and History for refurbish

1610s, from re- "again" + furbish, on model of French refourbir. Related: Refurbished; refurbishing.

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