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The same Dragon made a delivery to the orbiting outpost for NASA in 2014 and then was refurbished for an unprecedented second flight.
Just down the road, Chappell is eying a 7,400-square-foot property to refurbish into a multipurpose community center, an asset the neighborhood lacks and sorely needs.
Scocco said a bell from the original church has been in storage for years at a parishioner's home, and the congregation has refurbished it, erected a bell tower on the new site and put it in place.
Lexmark argued that by refurbishing and reselling its cartridges without permission and outside the terms of Lexmark's service agreement with end users, Impression was violating the patent that Lexmark held on the cartridges.
In order to revamp the personnel, Rogers expects Bohannon to begin recruiting immediately and said the timing of his hire was inspired, in part, by a motivation to refurbish a ramshackle roster.
Where to stay: The recently refurbished Peabody Memphis hotel (peabodymemphis.com; $219/night).
The decay has been reversed — a new roof is being installed and the rooms in their wing are freshly refurbished, equipped with a double bunk and single bed, a new flat-screen television and clothing lockers.
Lost amid the latest brouhaha, was a small report that Blackwater had bought and refurbished the McArthur, a 183-ft.
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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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