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 As Kartha and his colleagues point out, distributing the remaining carbon pie equitably—and helping to furnish paths to low-carbon development—is a both a moral and pragmatic matter. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "How to Make the Paris Agreement Really Work," 29 Dec. 2020 After buying a chair at auction to help furnish his home, Liverant was offered a profit by another interested party. Melanie Savage, courant.com, "Liverant Antiques celebrates 100 years," 28 Dec. 2020 Iranian Kurds stand out as a community that could furnish Israeli intelligence officers with agents, according to Gerecht. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Iran helpless against Israeli assassination plots due to 'decrepitude' of regime security," 4 Dec. 2020 Regional officials could have conditioned their willingness to pay for treatments at cutting-edge cancer centers on promises that private providers would furnish less lucrative services like geriatric care. Gaia Pianigiani, New York Times, "Why Covid Caused Such Suffering in Italy’s Wealthiest Region," 19 Nov. 2020 Many newer hotels now furnish rooms with a near-standard two-queen-bed layout, which can accommodate four people: typically a parent couple and two children. Ed Perkins, USA TODAY, "Hotels vs. vacation rentals: Which makes for a more pleasant family vacation experience?," 18 Dec. 2020 The $25,000 for the second round was enough to furnish grants to 10 new applicants, but Marquart received 18 new applications. cleveland, "Mayfield expected to help small business owners with third round of grants," 10 Dec. 2020 Natural materials such as light-toned wood, jute, leather, ceramic, and live plants will continue to furnish homes in the new year, says Alessandra Wood, vice president of style at Modsy. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Interior Design Trends Everyone Will Be Trying in 2021, According to Experts," 7 Dec. 2020 To furnish the palapa, the designers went no further than Mazunte’s beaches, where fishing families serve the catch of the day on wooden tables set out on the sand. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Behold Carlos Couturier’s Fortress of Solitude on Mexico’s Pacific Coast," 18 Nov. 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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24 Jan 2021

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“Furnish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furnish. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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