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[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.
Origin of furnish
late Middle English
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 refurnishing
Historical Examples
  • She took over the refurnishing and redecorating of his house with eager hands.

    To Love Margaret Peterson
  • But the refurnishing of the superintendent's parlor is the slightest of our needs.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • He would want their assistance in refurnishing his ancestral halls.

  • It is upholstering the hills, decorating the woods, and refurnishing the fields.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • Those were beautiful new blankets, bought in New York when refurnishing their guest-room.

    Life in the Confederate Army Arthur Peronneau Ford
  • I myself have bestowed a little present upon the John Grier Home—the refurnishing of the superintendent's private parlor.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Buy anything needed for its refurnishing, and see that a certain amount of repairing is done there while you wait further orders.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • After the coronation she was greatly opposed to the refurnishing of Buckingham Palace.

    Ways of War and Peace Delia Austrian
  • Le remained at Mondreer, only riding over to Greenbushes every day to superintend the repairs and refurnishing of his house.

    Her Mother's Secret Emma D. E. N. Southworth
  • He had come up to superintend the refurnishing of his town-house for the reception of a bride.

British Dictionary definitions for refurnishing


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 refurnishing



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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