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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Congress furnish land, in 1911, for the purpose of building a National American Indian Memorial. Joshua Jelly-schapiro, The New Yorker, "How New York Was Named," 13 Apr. 2021 Barlow, who moved five times during his six years at JP Morgan, struggled to figure out not just how to furnish his temporary digs, but also what to do with the furniture before heading off to the next city. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Next-gen furniture rentals deliver curated style with sustainability," 10 Apr. 2021 Behind the scenes, Maxey has also had to learn a new city, furnish his first solo apartment and make a few key purchases. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "From South Garland star to 76ers rookie, Tyrese Maxey is coming home to face Mavs with visions of more championships," 9 Apr. 2021 People who are provided apartments by Milwaukee County officials will be able to furnish their spaces with items from the repository being set up in Clare Hall's chapel. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dorms on archdiocese grounds, Latter-day Saints donations provide 'blueprint' for future of housing for the homeless," 8 Apr. 2021 After all, only a perfectionist would sleep on the floor for more than a year rather than furnish his bedroom with inferior pieces. Camille Okhio, ELLE Decor, "This Is the Mexico City Nest of a Designer About to Take Flight," 24 Mar. 2021 The color was so beautiful and precious that states under Aztec domination were required to furnish annually to the emperor a certain number of sacks full of cochineals as tribute. Longreads, "Why Bumblebees Love Cats and Other Beautiful Relationships," 23 Mar. 2021 As Pete Buttigieg settled in as the secretary of transportation in the Biden administration, the other Mr. Buttigieg sourced items from Facebook Marketplace to furnish their one-bedroom Capitol Hill apartment. New York Times, "A New Kind of Political Spouse Arrives in Washington," 18 Mar. 2021 Some of the money is tucked into the new stimulus that lawmakers adopted Wednesday, known as the American Rescue Plan, which sets aside $7 billion to help schools furnish the devices that students need to complete their classwork. Washington Post, "House, Senate Democrats unveil $94 billion bill to improve Internet access," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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18 Apr 2021

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“Furnish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furnish. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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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