re·​fin·​ish | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈfi-nish How to pronounce refinish (audio) \
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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For a time, Pace poured more money into refinishing the existing United States stores and launching STAGE. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Dean & DeLuca Closes Stores as Debts Pile Up," 10 July 2019 Inside, the ceiling is just the original wood, but refinished., "At long last, 4505 Burgers & BBQ opens Oakland restaurant," 28 June 2019 There will also be some aesthetic enhancements: The stations will be repainted inside, benches will be cleaned and refinished, lights will be replaced, and in-station artwork will be cleaned, the MBTA said. Globe Staff,, "Death of Lawrence toddler in foster care investigated," 26 June 2019 For $20 an hour, Ernesto agrees to refinish and paint the deck. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In 'Papi Chulo,' a lonely weatherman and a day laborer form a delightful friendship," 10 June 2019 One of his main passions was working with wood, refinishing and restoring furniture, and making many original pieces., "Michael Rodrigues," 5 June 2019 The kitchen has been updated with marble counters and refinished cabinetry. Lauren Beale,, "Volleyball’s Karch Kiraly aces the sale of his San Clemente home," 17 June 2019 Built in 1915, this classic shingled Craftsman home boasts lovely architectural details, including a gracious front porch and original fir floors, recently refinished to a satiny luster. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Shingled Craftsman in Alameda’s East End," 11 June 2019 Now imagine taking on a full-scale renovation -- opening up every wall, gutting the kitchen, refinishing every surface, even replacing every doorknob -- and managing it all while living two time zones away. Susan Langenhennig,, "Renovate a house from two time zones away? Here's how an Irish Channel owner did it," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of refinish

1886, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of refinish

US : 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 How to pronounce refinish (audio) \
refinished; refinishing

Kids Definition of refinish

: to give (as furniture) a new surface

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