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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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 The house has been painted, some floors are refinished, others replaced. Anne-marie Yerks, House Beautiful, "My House Was Hiding a Tragic Secret — And I Needed to Know the Truth," 15 Oct. 2015 The painted boards of the old market shelving have been pulled out — but stripped and refinished rather than discarded, and given new life as antique fir tables for the cafe. Rebekah Denn, The Seattle Times, "A bustling new Georgetown cake shop is thriving in a century-old building," 11 July 2018 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

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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

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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