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.
Recent Examples on the Web So the Bucks refinished 55,000 square feet on the upper concourse. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can buy your beer and brat 15 seconds faster at Fiserv Forum, along with other updates," 22 Oct. 2019 Ready to renovate Much of Harshfield’s new home underwent just a few changes; original hardwood floors were refinished, walls were stripped or painted, and old radiators were removed. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, "A touch of color, splash of Africa and a flock of roosters make this historic bungalow pop," 2 Apr. 2020 All original floors were refinished using a wax coating to protect them for years to come. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, "What Is a Saltbox House? Learn the Story Behind the Classic New England Style," 3 Apr. 2020 Very little waste was produced by refinishing rather than replacing, and all the tile was made locally at Heath Ceramics in San Francisco, in the company’s near-zero waste facility that fires the tile at a low temperature to save energy. Sally Kuchar, Sunset Magazine, "Tile It On: These Kitchens Put Stylish (and Sustainable) Tile in the Spotlight," 30 Jan. 2020 Don’t: Sanding, stripping or refinishing a floor should be left to the pros. Dallas News, "What projects should you do when getting ready to sell?," 8 Mar. 2020 Woven stools: found at a global market, customized to counter height, and refinished by Arteriors’s decorative painters. Kaitlin Menza, House Beautiful, "This Fairy-Tale Home by Lisa Tharp Was Inspired by Castles," 13 Feb. 2020 The car, with chassis number MF10-10100 and body number 1090, was recently restored by the specialists at Maine Line Exotics, who painstakingly refinished it in its original color, blazing Solar Red. Mihir Maddireddy, Car and Driver, "Brilliantly Red 1967 Toyota 2000GT up for Auction this Spring," 21 Feb. 2020 Trimble launched her cabinetry refinishing business Restyle Junkie in 2014, after a months-long recovery from a traumatic injury to her right ankle that left her unable to walk or drive. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Professional work, DIY fun and a dose of reality spells success for cabinetry refinisher Restyle Junkie," 26 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of refinish

1886, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Refinish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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