re·​fin·​ish | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfi-nish \
refinished; refinishing; refinishes

Definition of refinish

transitive verb

: to give a new surface to refinish furniture

intransitive verb

: to refinish furniture

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Other Words from refinish

refinisher noun

Examples of refinish in a Sentence

She made her living repairing and refinishing wood floors.

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Now on the market for $1.065M, the 1978 design has luxe touches including white brick walls, refinished wood floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "’70s house perfect for art collectors asks $1.1M," 21 Nov. 2018 David Mesquita, co-owner of Leather Spa, a New York shop that refinishes footwear, advises men to keep an eye on the heel and the tip of the sole; these wear down the fastest but can be a cheap repair. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Men’s Boots," 31 Oct. 2018 These can also be refinished or painted—the more ornate the better. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Never Pass Up At Goodwill," 19 Sep. 2018 Now, the 2,348-square-foot home boasts new plumbing, electric and HVAC systems as well as new windows, refinished hardwood floors, and updated baths. Shannon Rooney,, "On the Market: An updated Mt. Airy twin for $499,900," 14 June 2018 Depending on the level of traffic, hardwood floors may need to be refinished every five to 10 years. Kenya Burrell-vanwormer, Houston Chronicle, "Realtor View: Is your home really ready to sell?," 10 June 2018 On the other hand, our kitchen cabinets, once they're done, will be refinished., "The simple way to restore luster to banged-up furniture: The Pecks," 18 Jan. 2018 The house and the guest cottage have refinished hardwood floors throughout, excluding the bathrooms., "A former corner store (now a home) for $490K: Real estate roundup for Bayou St. John, Algiers, Vista Park," 19 Feb. 2018 His designers refinished the original ceiling, tirelessly sanding the wood beams, removing old nails and insulation to get it back to its natural splendor. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "'Let's go downtown': How Chandler's restaurant, bar scene helped transform city," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of refinish

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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English Language Learners Definition of refinish

: to remove the coating on the surface of (furniture, a floor, etc.) and put on a new coating : to put a new finish on (something)


re·​fin·​ish | \ ˌrē-ˈfi-nish \
refinished; refinishing

Kids Definition of refinish

: to give (as furniture) a new surface

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