refurbish was our Word of the Day on 05/03/2017. Hear the podcast!
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Recent Examples of refurbish from the Web
Hibbert, 18, cleaned out and refurbished two large storage rooms at his church, First Presbyterian Church in River Forest.
In the dining room, crystals hang off the curved, gold branches of a round chandelier and sparkle against glass lamp bases standing on a matte gray chest cabinet, a piece of furniture repainted and refurbished.
Councilwoman Jessica Green, D-1st, along with Johnson and other city officials, attend an event at Wyandotte Park dedicated to refurbishing basketball courts.
Falcon 9 rocket booster, which means it’s flown to space previously and been returned and refurbished.
The Great Futures Gala benefiting the Covington Boys & Girls Club was held in the newly refreshed and refurbished club on May 19.
The three-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home, which was recently refurbished, is right on the rocks overlooking the Pacific, with an open floor plan, huge private deck, and retro decor throughout.
In the northwest part of downtown, Robinson proposed the city coordinate public/private redevelopment in the Search Homes community that would refurbish the area as more development occurred across Holmes Avenue at the old Coke plant site.
Ates’ sister brought 30 green prayer rugs from Istanbul a few weeks ago, and an Indonesian interior architect has offered her services to refurbish the 90-square-meter (970-square-foot) room.
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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
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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