[ fur-nish ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc.

  2. to provide or supply (often followed by with): The delay furnished me with the time I needed.

  1. paper pulp and any ingredients added to it prior to its introduction into a papermaking machine.

Origin of furnish

1400–50; late Middle English furnisshen, from Old French furniss-, long stem of furnir “to accomplish, furnish,” from Germanic; compare Old High German frumjan “to provide”

synonym study For furnish

1, 2. 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, a more formal word now usually used in the past participle 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.

Other words for furnish

Other words from furnish

  • fur·nish·er, noun
  • o·ver·fur·nish, verb (used with object)
  • pre·fur·nish, verb (used with object)
  • re·fur·nish, verb (used with object)
  • un·der·fur·nish, verb (used with object)

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How to use furnish in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for furnish


/ (ˈfɜːnɪʃ) /

  1. to provide (a house, room, etc) with furniture, carpets, etc

  2. to equip with what is necessary; fit out

  1. to give; supply: the records furnished the information required

Origin of furnish

C15: from Old French fournir, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German frummen to carry out

Derived forms of furnish

  • furnisher, noun

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