fur·​nish | \ ˈfər-nish \
furnished; furnishing; furnishes

Definition of furnish

transitive verb

1 : to provide with what is needed especially : to equip with furniture The inn is beautifully furnished.
2 : supply, give furnished food and shelter for the refugees

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furnisher noun

Synonyms for furnish


accoutre (or accouter), equip, fit (out), gird, kit (up or out) [chiefly British], outfit, provision, rig, supply

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furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function. a sparsely furnished apartment equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use. a fully equipped kitchen outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation. outfitted the family for a ski trip appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings. a lavishly appointed apartment accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity. fully accoutred members of a polar expedition

Examples of furnish in a Sentence

The inn is beautifully furnished. He has enough money to furnish the apartment nicely. We'll furnish the food for the party. Can he furnish the information to us?
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Newsletter Sign-up Justices, legislators say, spent more than a $1 million to redecorate their personal offices and furnish them with pricey furniture, including a custom $32,000 blue suede couch, a $20,500 rug and an $8,000 chair. Jacob Gershman, WSJ, "West Virginia Court Impeachment Sets Up a Legal Showdown," 14 Aug. 2018 In a functional market, patients would demand care and providers would furnish it at mutually agreeable prices. Sally C. Pipes, Fortune, "Why Does the Left Want Universal Health Care? Britain’s Is on Its Deathbed," 10 July 2018 Powell also wrote a lengthy letter to Garfield, furnishing him with a withering analysis of Hayden’s published work. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 More than 100 shops have already gotten city approval in Los Angeles, but not the companies that have historically furnished them with cannabis, which were supposed to be second in line under a complex set of city regulations passed in December. Emily Alpert Reyes, latimes.com, "Marijuana growers, manufacturers have yet to get the green light from L.A.," 23 Apr. 2018 It is expected to furnish him with fresh documentation of Mr Trump’s financial and other arrangements, opening up new vistas of potential inquiry. The Economist, "The Mueller probe is as much about the rule of law as Russian meddling," 14 Apr. 2018 Still others think that education should furnish them with noble ends rather than means to an end. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Martin Luther King Jr. on the problem with ‘so-called educated people’," 15 Jan. 2018 The trend at the time was to build houses that showed your wealth, and to furnish them with chandeliers, Jacuzzis, swimming pools, and marble statues. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "House Tour: Inside The Rustic Indian Farmhouse Where A Jewel Scion Feels Most At Home," 12 Dec. 2017 Not only are the building’s public areas furnished by Minotti, but also the individual residences—right down to Minotti Cucine kitchens and free interior design services for residents. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Just Outside Miami, New Development 2000 Ocean Is Redefining Luxury, One Minotti Furnishing at a Time," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of furnish

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for furnish

Middle English furnisshen, from Anglo-French furniss-, stem of furnir, fournir to complete, equip, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German frummen to further, fruma advantage — more at foremost

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English Language Learners Definition of furnish

: to provide (a room or building) with furniture
: to supply or give (something) to someone or something
: to supply or give to (someone) something that is needed or wanted


fur·​nish | \ ˈfər-nish \
furnished; furnishing

Kids Definition of furnish

1 : to provide with furniture furnish a house
2 : to provide with what is needed “I'm going to give you all a nice quiet cell—unless you furnish bail.”— Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins
3 : to supply to someone or something We'll furnish food for the party.

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