refurbish

verb

re·​fur·​bish ri-ˈfər-bish How to pronounce refurbish (audio)
refurbished; refurbishing; refurbishes

transitive verb

: to brighten or freshen up : renovate
refurbisher noun
refurbishment noun

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As seems proper given how English prefixes work, before you could refurbish something you could furbish it. That shorter word was borrowed into Middle English in the 14th century from Anglo-French as furbisshen; it shares a distant relative with the Old High German verb furben, meaning "to polish." In its earliest uses furbish also meant "to polish," but it developed an extended sense of "to 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.

Examples of refurbish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Liberty High School gymnasium floor will be refurbished by Miller Sports for $32,360 this summer. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 19 Mar. 2024 Shops and galleries opened; houses and shacks were refurbished, often set ablaze with color. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 11 Jan. 2024 Midway Mall was refurbished and renamed Mall of the Americas by that point. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 3 June 2024 Though they have been elaborately refurbished and modernized (including USB ports), the vintage romance of train travel is at the heart of the company’s mission. Chris Wallace, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for refurbish 

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of refurbish was in 1611

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“Refurbish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/refurbish. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

refurbish

verb
re·​fur·​bish ri-ˈfər-bish How to pronounce refurbish (audio)
: to brighten or freshen up : renovate
refurbish an old house
refurbishment noun
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