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

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 If the entire floor is covered in scratches and gouges, the best option might be to refinish the entire floor. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 June 2022 The need to update faulty electrical and plumbing, and refinish or reproduce old walls, flooring and ceilings left Buck’s idea unrealized and the building vulnerable to trespassers. oregonlive, 15 Apr. 2022 Our decision to refinish the cabinetry in a bold, high-gloss lacquer and add a library ladder to enhance both style and practicality really seemed to resonate with people. Marni Elyse Katz,, 13 Feb. 2022 Sullivan may remove and refinish lace, add pleating, redesign a dress as a jumpsuit or completely remake the top of a gown. Ingrid Schmidt, Los Angeles Times, 30 Dec. 2021 Are there companies that refinish doors like these? Washington Post, 3 May 2021 Most of those pictures finally came down when the Collats eventually did have to refinish the walls a few years ago. Bob Carlton |, al, 10 Mar. 2021 Since moving into the Happier Yellow House three years ago, my husband and I have had a long to-do list: refinish the wood floors, paint all the walls, add built-ins, get window treatments, replace the roof, and relandscape. Marni Jameson | Contributing Writer,, 26 Jan. 2021 Why not take an old piece and repurpose or refinish it? Cathy Hobbs, Star Tribune, 8 Jan. 2021 See More

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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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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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Nglish: Translation of refinish for Spanish Speakers


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