- 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 furnished
There was still no disputing the answer Bloomberg furnished to the question he then posed.Alphonza Bryant, the Slain Bronx Teen Who Did Everything Right
May 2, 2013
The house was furnished with funds that I was accountable for.Cheri Young, the ‘Steel Magnolia’ of the Edwards Trial, Shoves Back
May 2, 2012
Thousands of pages of discovery material were furnished to the defense in order to prepare.Whitey Bulger's Victim Speaks Out Against FBI
November 18, 2011
It's a very cozy place, and the dining area is furnished with flea-market furniture from the '60s and '70s.Fresh Picks
January 12, 2010
Stein furnished significant new details about how the investigation came into being and how it was concluded.Gonzales' New Coverup
April 21, 2009
Both rooms were large and furnished in a style that had been supremely luxurious in 1878.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Next day, I furnished her with money to take them all to Canada.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
The horses will be furnished by the settlers, many having already been promised me.Explorations in Australia
The mails, unless repelled, will continue to be furnished in all parts of the Union.
She moved out the day I furnished the rooms upstairs and got the piano.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- 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 furnished
"equipped," 1550s, past participle adjective from furnish. Of rooms, houses, etc. from 1640s.
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.