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Recent Examples of refurbish from the Web
During a post-accident inspection, engineers found evidence of previous derailments on the nearly 40-year-old coaster, including one that appeared to have taken place after it was refurbished in 2013, officials said in a preliminary report.
The VLATs that Cal Fire uses are refurbished passenger planes contracted by private companies.
All 18 of the two fleets will be refurbished by the end of 2019.
Bradley Clarke, a transit historian with the Boston Street Railway Association, said the Mattapan trolleys are well-built and could likely operate for decades if they are regularly refurbished and modernized.
It was taken down and sent to the manufacturer in Germany, where it was refurbished.
One of the former military buildings next door is being refurbished and will hold a restaurant and craft brewery starting next year.
Work needs to be done on the floors, and the famous Record Town sign with Nipper the RCA dog in the middle, which hasn't lit up for at least six years, is being refurbished and will glow once again.
The band was refurbished by its inventor, Aaron Fechter of Creative Engineering in Orlando, Fla.
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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.
REFURBISH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of refurbish for English Language Learners
: to repair and make improvements to (something, such as a building)
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