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 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 The second business, Antica Modern, owned by Anette Sullivan, is all about paints to be used to refinish furniture and other items. Linda Gandee, cleveland, 27 Oct. 2020 So the Bucks refinished 55,000 square feet on the upper concourse. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 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, 2 Apr. 2020 All original floors were refinished using a wax coating to protect them for years to come. Elizabeth Sweet, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Apr. 2020

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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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