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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refinisher noun

Examples of refinish in a Sentence

She made her living repairing and refinishing wood floors.

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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 The floors, of heart pine, fir, and maple — in one bedroom, the boards are more than 18 inches wide — were all refinished. Marni Elyse Katz,, "Once a sea captain’s cottage, this Cotuit fixer-upper brings on the charm," 15 June 2018 There were plaster walls that needed to be repaired, molding that had to be repaired or replaced, walls and ceilings were painted and both hardwood floors and molding were refinished and/or repaired. Joanne Kempinger Demski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Historic Concordia home is 4,000 square feet of hard work - and love," 31 May 2018 Located on the ninth floor of a building that was constructed in 2005, Zipser’s unit has three baths, recently refinished hardwood floors and newer doors and trim, according to listing information. Bob Goldsborough,, "Bulls forward Paul Zipser buys Near West Side condo for $730,000," 6 Nov. 2017 The tomatoes are semi-planted, and the old dresser may never be refinished. Chris Erskine,, "It's just an old oak chest, too heavy and in need of some TLC. Aren't we all?," 27 Apr. 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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