fur·​nish·​ing | \ ˈfər-ni-shiŋ \

Definition of furnishing

1 : an article or accessory of dress usually used in plural
2 : an object that tends to increase comfort or utility especially : an article of furniture for the interior of a building usually used in plural

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All across the internet, comments, blogs, tweets, and Facebook posts can be found protesting the home furnishing store’s customer service and delivery. Angela Lashbrook, Vox, "West Elm won over millennials. But now it’s really pissing them off.," 12 Oct. 2018 Americans are spending more on everything from jeans to handbags to home furnishings as rising wages and lower unemployment boost disposable income. Allison Prang, WSJ, "Kohl’s, T.J. Maxx Continue Strong Run for Retailers," 22 Aug. 2018 In the current season of Flip or Flop, Tarek has been more involved in the design process than ever, and his new property gave him the perfect opportunity to flex those muscles once more, right down to the furnishings. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "See Inside Tarek El Moussa's Bachelor Pad Home Following Divorce From Christina," 2 Aug. 2018 Home furnishing prices have barely risen at all over the last year, and prices for information technology hardware and services have fallen by 2.3 percent in that time. New York Times, "Trade War With China in Aisle 12," 12 July 2018 Hiaasen is survived by three children: Ben, 29, a lawyer in Towson; Samantha, 27, an assistant manager of the Barnes & Noble at the Inner Harbor; and Hannah, 26, an artist who works at a furnishings store in New York. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Friends, family, co-workers honor Capital Gazette victim Rob Hiaasen," 2 July 2018 The focus on American design—thanks to furnishings provided by Design Within Reach—was also an important element. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Taking the American diner on the road," 4 May 2018 Over the last several months, hundreds of thousands of dollars in upgrades have been made to the home, from paint to furnishings to construction improvements and state-of-the-art appliances. Bonnie Mccarthy, latimes.com, "Sneak peek: The stunning Pasadena Showcase House of Design makeover," 20 Apr. 2018 Tokyo Skytree's shifting hues make appearances through floor-to-ceiling windows, while super-clean interiors pop with bright primary colors from wall art to furnishings. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Hotels in Tokyo," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of furnishing

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of furnishing was in 1594

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