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verb (used with object)
  1. to furbish again; renovate; brighten: to refurbish the lobby.
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Origin of refurbish

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + furbish
Related formsre·fur·bish·ment, noun
Can be confusedrefinish refurbish refurnish


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  • It was Josie Fifer's duty not only to tabulate and care for these relics, but to refurbish them when necessary.

  • We were to meet the directors of the Hudson's Bay Company that night, and we had come out to refurbish our scant, wild attire.

    Heralds of Empire

    Agnes C. Laut

  • Why revamp and refurbish the old platitudes and dole them out each succeeding year?

    Craftsmanship in Teaching

    William Chandler Bagley

  • If he venture to clean or refurbish his board without authorisation, he will receive a summons and be compelled to pay a fine.

  • In January 1971 Radio Sofia took steps to refurbish its old programming.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for refurbish


  1. (tr) to make neat, clean, or complete, as by renovating, re-equipping, or restoring
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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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