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Recent Examples of refurbish from the Web
The team refurbished the logs, which were covered up for decades but still in excellent shape.
First pitch is at 3:15 p.m. After the 2017 season, the Royals refurbished their home, installing new lights and replacing the playing field for the first time since 1994.
The investigation on the barrel refurbishing industry recently won a top award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
The city’s insurer will pay for rebuilding rather than refurbishing, which means that the house could be reconstructed to look the same.
The company’s joint-venture plants include one of North Korea’s largest power sources, the giant Sup’ung Dam, which was completed by the Japanese in the early 1940s, bombed in the 1950-53 Korean War and later refurbished with Chinese help.
Chesterton officials hope to have the train cars refurbished and in place by mid-June, just weeks after the start of the town's popular European Market, which draws more than 90 vendors to Thomas Centennial Park each Saturday.
To preserve the historical accuracy, Brochu refurbished the chassis, repaired the existing parts and reconstructed replacement parts from scratch for those that were destroyed.
Chao complained to lawmakers that under the states’ proposal, the federal government would be providing 100 percent of the money for the Gateway tunnel and 95 percent of the money for a related project: refurbishing the Portal Bridge in New Jersey.
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Did You Know?
If you're wondering if "refurbish" implies the existence of an earlier "furbish," you are on the right track. "Furbish" was borrowed into English in the 14th century from Anglo-French furbiss-, a distant relative of an Old High German word meaning "to polish." In its earliest uses "furbish" also meant "to polish," but it developed an extended sense of "renovate" shortly before English speakers created "refurbish" with the same meaning in the 17th century. These days "refurbish" is the more common of the two words, although "furbish" does continue to be used.
First Known Use of refurbish
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Definition of refurbish for English Language Learners
: to repair and make improvements to (something, such as a building)
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