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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The stores are refinished with fresh wallpaper and floors, and then furnished with sparkling appliances, plush armchairs and other upgrades. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Carlsbad gaming startup goes viral in its first week. Will the good times keep coming?," 6 Aug. 2019 When painting or refinishing pieces, choose a product that's designed to prevent mold, like Zinsser's paint primer. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "How to Remove Mold From Wood Furniture and Particle Board," 9 Apr. 2019 An explosion and house fire in Lansdowne that left one man with severe burns was caused when chemicals used in a bathtub refinishing project ignited, investigators said Thursday. Cody Boteler,, "Lansdowne home explosion caused by bathtub finishing work," 18 July 2019 Built in 2002, the house recently has been painted and had its hardwood floors refinished. Bob Goldsborough,, "Retired Bears center Olin Kreutz sells Lake Forest home for $1.15 million," 1 July 2019 For a time, Pace poured more money into refinishing the existing United States stores and launching STAGE. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "Dean & DeLuca Closes Stores as Debts Pile Up," 10 July 2019 Inside, the ceiling is just the original wood, but refinished., "At long last, 4505 Burgers & BBQ opens Oakland restaurant," 28 June 2019 There will also be some aesthetic enhancements: The stations will be repainted inside, benches will be cleaned and refinished, lights will be replaced, and in-station artwork will be cleaned, the MBTA said. Globe Staff,, "Death of Lawrence toddler in foster care investigated," 26 June 2019 For $20 an hour, Ernesto agrees to refinish and paint the deck. Randy Cordova, azcentral, "In 'Papi Chulo,' a lonely weatherman and a day laborer form a delightful friendship," 10 June 2019

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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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