Thesaurus

furnish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of furnish

  1. 1 to provide (someone) with what is needed for a task or activity the art students were furnished with brushes, crayons, pencils, and various other art supplies Synonyms of furnish accoutre (or accouter), equip, fit (out), gird, kit (up or out) [chiefly British], outfit, provision, rig, supply Words Related to furnish stock, store; bestow, contribute, donate, give, present; apportion, deal (out), dispense, distribute, dole out, hand out, mete (out), parcel (out), portion, prorate; allocate, allot, assign; arm, fortify, prepare; reequip, refit, refurnish, reoutfit Near Antonyms of furnish deprive, dispossess, divest, strip

  2. 2 to put (something) into the possession of someone for use or consumption we'll gladly furnish the food for any out-of-town guests Synonyms of furnish deliver, feed, give, hand, hand over, provide, supply Words Related to furnish ply (with); administer, allocate, apportion, deal (out), dispense, distribute, dole out, mete (out), parcel (out), portion, prorate; assign, cede, deed, make over, transfer Near Antonyms of furnish conserve, keep up, maintain, preserve, save Antonyms of furnish hold (back), keep (back), reserve, retain, withhold

Synonym Discussion of furnish

furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function.
    • a sparsely furnished apartment
equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use.
    • a fully equipped kitchen
outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation.
    • outfitted the family for a ski trip
appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings.
    • a lavishly appointed apartment
accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity.
    • fully accoutred members of a polar expedition


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