furnish

[ 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.

noun

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 < Old French furniss-, long stem of furnir to accomplish, furnish < Germanic; compare Old High German frumjan to provide
SYNONYMS FOR furnish
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.
Related forms
Can be confusedrefinish refurbish refurnish
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furnish

/ (ˈfɜːnɪʃ) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsfurnisher, noun

Word Origin for furnish

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 furnish

furnish


v.

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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