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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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British Dictionary definitions for refurbishment


  1. (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 refurbishment



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

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