fur·​nish·​ing | \ ˈfər-ni-shiŋ How to pronounce furnishing (audio) \

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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Examples of furnishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Transportation and warehousing added 48,000 jobs, and retail added 23,000 jobs, from job growth in clothing stores, motor vehicle and parts dealers, and furniture and home furnishing stores. Washington Post, "The U.S. economy added 916,000 jobs in March as recovery gains steam again," 2 Apr. 2021 Two of the great ceremonial elements of the presidency are the design and furnishing of the White House, a working office building that is also a museum and home. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Biden Blue Comes to the White House," 2 Feb. 2021 Other presidents also used this furnishing, but only in the West Wing Study—those presidents were Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "A Look at the Oval Office Desks of Presidents Past—One of Which Will Soon Be Part of Joe Biden’s Workspace," 20 Jan. 2021 In 1974, the home was officially authorized for its new purpose, with Congress handling the costs of its restoration and furnishing. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History Behind the Vice President’s Residence, Number One Observatory Circle," 11 Dec. 2020 Last week’s government retail report showed spending in September was up 5.4% year-over-year, including 10.5% for food and groceries, 10.9% for motor vehicles, 19.1% in building and home furnishing, and 23.8% for online retailers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Red and Blue States of Recovery," 22 Oct. 2020 Sworn to do her bidding, Martin sets about the furnishing of his mind. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Martin Eden” Lurches with Salty, Oceanic Appetites," 16 Oct. 2020 Wayfair, the online home furnishing store yesterday reported an 84% increase in revenues, to $4.3 billion. David Meyer, Fortune, "The pandemic has been good to Wayfair," 6 Aug. 2020 Sales at clothing and clothing accessories stores, which were hit especially hard by the closures, rose 188 percent in May, while spending at furniture and home furnishing stores jumped 90 percent. Michael Corkery, BostonGlobe.com, "Retail sales rebound in May, but the future looks Dim," 16 June 2020

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Furnishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/furnishing. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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