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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Other Words from furnish

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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Not to build the structures, so to speak, but to furnish it and put all the details into it. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "And other revelations from model and makeup effects designer Steve Newburn," 14 June 2018 The 44-year-old woman, from Valparaiso, is charged with recklessly permitting a minor in a tavern; furnishing alcohol to a minor; and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Police: Kouts bar owner charged with serving teens," 9 May 2018 Grudinin says his farming complex pays its workers fairly, furnishes them with good homes, and provides parks for their children. Time, "Your Complete Guide to Russia's 2018 Presidential Election," 13 Mar. 2018 Additionally, denying or interfering with the right of employees to furnish information to Congress is also against the law. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Grassley tells Attorney General Sessions his memo doesn't comply with law," 6 Feb. 2018 Sweet is charged with furnishing contraband to a county prisoner and with misconduct in office. Amanda Harris, charlotteobserver, "Lancaster County officer charged for bringing drugs, phones to inmates | Charlotte Observer," 11 Jan. 2018 All homes are fully furnished, decorated and landscaped. For Lg&e Ku, The Courier-Journal, "Be Ready for Big Wows and Amazing Innovations at this Year’s Homearama," 10 July 2018 The front porch is furnished with pots of annuals and, harkening back to the original Craftsman style, bentwood rockers. Sally A. Downey, Philly.com, "Old combines with new in 1910 Craftsman house in Wynnewood," 3 July 2018 Sitting up from the street, with city-to-ocean views, the 15,846-square-foot home is furnished with an elevator, a home theater and a custom kitchen with a La Cornue range. Neal J. Leitereg, latimes.com, "Did LeBron James tip his L.A. arrival through real estate?," 2 July 2018

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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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