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

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?
Recent Examples on the Web For reasons no one can fully explain or understand, renters must furnish their living spaces with their own fridges, which has created an underground economy for the essential appliance. Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2022 For now, the State Department will furnish its own security, from a corps of guards in the Diplomatic Security Service, for the embassy in Kyiv. Gordon Lubold, WSJ, 22 May 2022 For now that means being able to furnish loan guarantees for feasibility studies for new mines, and upgrading existing production sites. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 The gut renovation included rewiring the home and installing a four-zone HVAC system, full water filtration and smart technology, so there is virtually nothing the future buyer has to do except furnish the space. Emma Reynolds, Robb Report, 6 May 2022 In the past, Chandrasekar said, the IRC would receive several weeks’ notice that a family was on its way, allowing the agency to secure and furnish an apartment before its arrival. Jean Marbella, Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar. 2022 These deals might not last, so now is the time to fill your cart and furnish your home for way less compared to other furniture stores — this is not a drill! Carly Kulzer, PEOPLE.com, 20 Apr. 2022 The 170-year-old firm, which has lately supplied clothing for big-budget productions including The King’s Man, did more than furnish suits and overcoats. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 17 Mar. 2022 The Rescue Mission will launch a campaign to raise $10 million to buy, renovate and furnish the property that now is home to South Bay Community Church. Gary Warth, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Furnish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furnish. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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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 {amp} Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins
3 : to supply to someone or something We'll furnish food for the party.

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