- 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
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Examples from the Web for furnish
One seemed particularly promising, by a trail with a big pile of natural brush to furnish a screen.Knowing Where the Bodies Are Buried: An Excerpt From 'Lives in Ruins'
November 14, 2014
Having created a picture of Hell, the Tea Party priesthood must furnish the faithful with an image of Paradise.The Tea Party Isn’t a Political Movement, It’s a Religious One
July 13, 2014
Husks of homes, some of them choked in jungular vines, furnish a tropical Pompeii for viewers on the disaster bus tours.Eight Years After Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Has Been Resurrected
August 29, 2013
A manufacturer's trade association tried to furnish its offices with things made in the United States.Made in America: Hard to Find, and Getting Harder
January 16, 2013
Countless events combined to furnish me with a different, truer picture of the Jewish state.'Why I'm a Zionist'
January 14, 2013
Would it be the old case of 'I furnish the bread and you furnish the water'?
They must serve for potatoes and they have to furnish our meat.
I was sent among as precious a set of rascals as New York could furnish.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
They furnish forth no real portrait of the dear lady: how could I hope they should?In the Valley
Cornell, it is stated, injured his machine to furnish an excuse for the stoppage of the work.Heroes of the Telegraph
- to provide (a house, room, etc) with furniture, carpets, etc
- to equip with what is necessary; fit out
- to give; supplythe records furnished the information required
Word Origin and History for furnish
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.