re·​fin·​ish (ˌ)rē-ˈfi-nish How to pronounce refinish (audio)
refinished; refinishing; refinishes

transitive verb

: to give a new surface to
refinish furniture

intransitive verb

: to refinish furniture
refinisher noun

Examples of refinish in a Sentence

She made her living repairing and refinishing wood floors.
Recent Examples on the Web Rather than spend the money on legitimate business expenses, Rendon used the pandemic loans to lease a 2021 Bentley Bentayga (sales price, $181,000), rent a Biscayne Bay apartment, pay for cosmetic dermatology procedures and refinish her designer shoes, according to court records. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 26 Mar. 2024 The vehicle was completely repainted, its carbon-fiber trim was refinished, and all its panel gaps were reduced and aligned. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 6 Mar. 2024 According to contractor marketplace Thumbtack, the average cost to have a wood table fully refinished is $500. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Throughout school, Jimmy Branch worked at a cabinet and refinishing shop in Georgetown, where he was known for his work ethic and craftsmanship. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 The living and dining area floor installed in the 1970s was originally from Boise High School and was still good; Renaissance refinished it and installed new sub-flooring and flooring where necessary. Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 This is the home created by the design maven and her husband, Shane, who did much of the work of tearing out woodwork, painting, refinishing floors and installing appliances. Dana Oland, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 Still, when done correctly, a refinishing job should last years, possibly a decade, says that business’s office manager, Katie Morgan. Annie Midori Atherton, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 Also on the list are adding new wood flooring, refinishing existing hardwood, and converting spaces like attics and basements to living areas. Kristine Gill, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of refinish was in 1886

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“Refinish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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re·​fin·​ish (ˈ)rē-ˈfin-ish How to pronounce refinish (audio)
: to give (as furniture) a new surface
refinisher noun

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