re·​fur·​bish | \ ri-ˈfər-bish \
refurbished; refurbishing; refurbishes

Definition of refurbish

transitive verb

: to brighten or freshen up : renovate

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Other Words from refurbish

refurbisher noun
refurbishment \ ri-​ˈfər-​bish-​mənt \ noun

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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.

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The capsule spent a month docked to the ISS before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, where it was retrieved and then refurbished prior to this flight. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch thousands of pounds of cargo and experiments to the International Space Station," 5 Dec. 2018 The palace was originally built between 1928 and 1943 but refurbished by Taj Hotels, who has been managing the luxurious venue since 2005. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Will Be at an Actual Palace," 14 Nov. 2018 Delta Air Lines unveiled its refurbished Sky Club at Washington’s Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA) Wednesday afternoon. Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY, "Delta unveils overhauled Sky Club at D.C.'s Reagan National Airport," 27 June 2018 Concept 1 also includes refurbishing the existing playing fields and perhaps adding a baseball field. Bill Banks, ajc, "Draft master plan for the old UMCH property gets June 27 unveiling," 26 June 2018 Royal Caribbean tapped into the travel beauty zeitgeist and announced that its refurbished Navigator of the Seas, returning in February following a $115 million revamp, will feature To Dry For, the first such salon at sea. Corina Quinn, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five New Cruise Experiences We Can’t Wait For in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 In the 1980s, when the Statue of Liberty was being refurbished, Kenausis was a consultant on the condition of its brass patina and how to treat it. Anne M. Hamilton,, "Extraordinary Life: An Old-School Chemist And Do-It-Yourself Advocate," 3 June 2018 The interiors – the hotel was refurbished and reopened in 2014 – is the very model of boutique charm, colorful contemporary furniture that doesn’t look cookie-cutter, modern art and furnishings with personality. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from New Orleans," 5 Mar. 2018 Many are refurbished T-72s, older tanks brought up to the T-72B3 standard, T-80 tanks, and newer T-90 tanks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Is Sending Deadly Javelin Missiles to Ukraine," 2 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of refurbish

1611, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of refurbish

: to repair and make improvements to (something, such as a building)

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