verb fur·nish \ ˈfər-nish \
Updated on: 14 Mar 2018

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



Examples of furnish in a Sentence

  1. The inn is beautifully furnished.

  2. He has enough money to furnish the apartment nicely.

  3. We'll furnish the food for the party.

  4. Can he furnish the information to us?

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Origin and Etymology of 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

Synonym Discussion of furnish

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

FURNISH Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of furnish for English Language Learners

  • : 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

FURNISH Defined for Kids


verb fur·nish \ ˈfər-nish \

Definition of furnish for Students

furnished; furnishing
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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