furnish

verb
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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Other Words from furnish

furnisher noun

Synonyms for furnish

Synonyms

accoutre (or accouter), equip, fit (out), gird, kit (up or out) [chiefly British], outfit, provision, rig, supply

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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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Equinox is teaming with co-working operator Industrious to offer furnished office space near the fitness company’s upscale gyms, the latest sign that the office, fitness and hospitality industries are starting to converge. Konrad Putzier, WSJ, "Equinox Gyms to Add Co-Working to the Workout," 14 May 2019 And of course, what would a Beauty and the Beast themed bar be without an overflowing library with French furnishing straight from Belle's wildest dreams? Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Beauty And The Beast Themed Bar is Coming to Disney World," 29 Apr. 2019 This marks the first time that Alhadeff, known for moving into his Casa Perfect galleries in Beverly Hills and Greenwich Village, will furnish a residential building. Nicole Engelman, ELLE Decor, "The Most Beautiful Apartment on Earth Is in NYC and The Future Perfect Is Responsible," 29 Apr. 2019 Immelt also maintained the dividend even when GE’s operations weren’t furnishing enough cash, forcing him to borrow money and send it directly to shareholders. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, "What the Hell Happened at GE?," 24 May 2018 Each apartment will have full-size washer and dryer, be furnished with high-end appliances and designed with an open concept floor plan. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Six things you need to know about the 30 apartments and fitness center coming to Greenfield," 30 May 2018 Rooms have white-marble–tiled entryways and rain showers, and terraces are furnished in mahogany with traditional Hawaiian-print linens. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Hawaii: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 Sheryl Zimmerman, a professor of gerontology at UNC-Chapel Hill, said assisted living communities typically furnish residents' rooms with a bed, dresser and chair. Cassie Cope And Fred Clasen-kelly, charlotteobserver, "Her sick mom's care was costing her thousands and they 'didn't even give you sheets'," 31 May 2018 Boarders live in identically furnished single rooms along long corridors. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "Desert Prep," 17 Dec. 2012

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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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More Definitions for furnish

furnish

verb

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

furnish

verb
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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