fur·​nish | \ ˈfər-nish How to pronounce furnish (audio) \
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

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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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web At the hospital, Dr. Valerio Cecinati, a specialist in pediatric oncology who recently moved to Taranto, showed the anesthesia and chemotherapy rooms, furnished with Disney puzzles, dinosaur books and new wallpaper of dolphins and turtles. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "Troubles at an Aging Steel Mill Mirror Italy’s Own," 4 Jan. 2020 Each suite is individually decorated and furnished with a mixture of contemporary furniture and antiques. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019 Lee had been charged with the same neglect count and with furnishing a gun to a felon. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Father who left children alone with gun, resulting in 9-year-old's death, sentenced to prison," 23 Dec. 2019 Earnin, like Dave and Moneylion, work with the fintech start-up Empyr to do something similar: The apps receive a publisher fee when their users redeem in-app offers furnished via Empyr. Sidney Fussell, The Atlantic, "The New Payday Loan Looks a Lot Like the Old Payday Loan," 18 Dec. 2019 Students in the school's STEM academy flanked an assembly line furnished through a partnership with GE Appliances, their drills buzzing at each training pallet. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Can JCPS' alternative schools save students on the brink of dropping out?," 11 Dec. 2019 Until last year, 2Is was in the military parts business, furnishing replacement bits for assorted defense equipment. Wired, "3D Printing Can Keep Aging Air Force Aircraft Flying," 7 Dec. 2019 With construction set to be completed by the end of the year with the help of contractor Orie Prince, Bush now has her eye on furnishing the interiors and has enlisted Jake Alexander Arnold for the project. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "Sophia Bush Preserves a Midcentury Bungalow in the Hollywood Hills," 5 Dec. 2019 The 32-year-old pediatrician does not find relief in the quiet of her sparsely furnished two-room apartment in Gaziantep, Turkey. Rania Abouzeid, National Geographic, "This Syrian doctor saved thousands in an underground hospital," 22 Nov. 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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The first known use of furnish was in the 15th century

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16 Jan 2020

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“Furnish.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furnish. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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 How to pronounce furnish (audio) \
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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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