verb (used with object)
Origin of furnish
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'|Marilyn Johnson|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jack Schwartz|July 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jason Berry|August 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A manufacturer's trade association tried to furnish its offices with things made in the United States.
Countless events combined to furnish me with a different, truer picture of the Jewish state.
But now the boiler proved to be too small to furnish steam steadily in sufficient quantity to sustain the higher speed.A History of the Growth of the Steam-Engine|Robert H. Thurston
I had arranged with Mr. Paxton to furnish a special train to bring him up.
I wish you could also furnish me with one, of the barbarities committed on our people.
There are few Swedes who cannot sing, and I doubt whether any country in Europe would be able to furnish so many fine voices.Northern Travel|Bayard Taylor
King Christian will furnish the staffs, and then—on to Stockholm!Plays by August Strindberg, Fourth Series|August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for furnish
Word Origin for furnish
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.