furbish

[ fur-bish ]
/ ˈfɜr bɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

to restore to freshness of appearance or good condition (often followed by up): to furbish a run-down neighborhood; to furbish up one's command of a foreign language.
to polish.

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Origin of furbish

1350–1400; Middle English furbishen < Middle French forbiss-, long stem of forbir to polish, clean < Germanic; compare Old High German furban

OTHER WORDS FROM furbish

fur·bish·er, nounun·fur·bished, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for furbished

furbish
/ (ˈfɜːbɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

to make bright by polishing; burnish
(often foll by up) to improve the appearance or condition of; renovate; restore

Derived forms of furbish

furbisher, noun

Word Origin for furbish

C14: from Old French fourbir to polish, of Germanic origin
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