[ ree-fur-bish ]
/ riˈfɜr bɪʃ /

verb (used with object)

to furbish again; renovate; brighten: to refurbish the lobby.

Origin of refurbish

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + furbish
Related formsre·fur·bish·ment, noun
Can be confusedrefinish refurbish refurnish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for refurbish


/ (riːˈfɜːbɪʃ) /


(tr) to make neat, clean, or complete, as by renovating, re-equipping, or restoring
Derived Formsrefurbishing or refurbishment, noun
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Word Origin and History for refurbish



1610s, from re- "again" + furbish, on model of French refourbir. Related: Refurbished; refurbishing.

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