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 The corridor was lined with window alcoves, each furnished with two armchairs and a chalkboard. New York Times, "Travels with John Conway, in 258 Septillion Dimensions," 16 May 2020 Normally they are housed four to a room in trailer homes furnished with bunks. oregonlive, "Farmworker housing is a critical issue for agriculture in coronavirus era," 11 May 2020 Normally they are housed four to a room in trailer homes furnished with bunks. Los Angeles Times, "A coronavirus debate on the apple orchard: Should migrant workers be allowed to sleep in bunk beds?," 7 May 2020 Habbo Hotel looked pretty slick for the Internet of 2006, with public spaces like nightclubs and coffeeshops and private rooms that users could rent and furnish with virtual objects. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "For the Lulz," 10 Mar. 2020 These were mostly two-story buildings containing large open rooms furnished with not much more than bunk beds. Paula Allen, ExpressNews.com, "Stinson Homes provided affordable apartments in San Antonio during a critical housing shortage after WWII," 29 Feb. 2020 Robin Hill Unit #2502, priced at $5.69 million, comes furnished with items from Roche Bobois. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "It took seven years and nearly $300 million to build the late architect’s futuristic tower. Now, the developer is trying to sell the building’s remaining units amid a softening condo market and oversupply of luxury product," 16 Jan. 2020 The seven pieces, intended to furnish two rooms in their home, were supposed to be delivered Saturday to their new house. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Art Van customers told to pick from floor samples or lose their money," 9 Mar. 2020 Another law - the National Register of Citizens – will require all residents in India to furnish extensive legal documentation to prove their citizenship as soon as 2021. Washington Post, "Indian women protest new citizenship laws, joining a global ‘fourth wave’ feminist movement," 24 Feb. 2020

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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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21 May 2020

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“Furnish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furnish. Accessed 29 May. 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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