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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The maps accompanying the reports furnished emigrants with an accurate road map for the journeys that thousands would take west in the 1840s and 1850s. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 Homearama is an annual Louisville event that showcases custom built new homes at a single site that are fully furnished, decorated, landscaped and feature the latest in building trends, technology and interior design. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This modern Louisville-area farmhouse was designed with family in mind," 12 July 2018 While the 19-year-old Mbappé has furnished some memorable, highlight-reel moments, for the most part France is more clinical than creative. Brian Straus, SI.com, "France vs. Croatia: A First Look at Their World Cup Final Matchup," 11 July 2018 Ruby said the couple planned to downsize from their Brighton home and move back to New York City into a place that is fully furnished. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Estate sale planned as Melissa Gilbert, Timothy Busfield leave Michigan," 9 July 2018 Visitors find the stylish house furnished with 1950s decor. Jay Jones, latimes.com, "Las Vegas' past, from a classic chapel to vintage railroad cars, on display at little-known museum," 5 July 2018 Stewart, the son of a longshoreman, is an international trade attorney who lives on an 18th-century plantation furnished with antiques bought at auction. Washington Post, "With Corey Stewart atop the ticket, Virginia Republicans are in turmoil," 2 July 2018 The house has been restored and furnished with period pieces. Michael Candelaria, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Eatonville Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 The serene interior is built with raw wood floors and furnished with minimalist pieces awash in sunlight thanks to the cabin’s massive windows. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These tiny cabins help you retreat to a slower pace of life," 10 Apr. 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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The first known use of furnish was in the 15th century

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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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