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furnish

[fur-nish] /ˈfɜr nɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc.
2.
to provide or supply (often followed by with):
The delay furnished me with the time I needed.
noun
3.
paper pulp and any ingredients added to it prior to its introduction into a papermaking machine.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English furnisshen < Old French furniss-, long stem of furnir to accomplish, furnish < Germanic; compare Old High German frumjan to provide
Related forms
furnisher, noun
half-furnished, adjective
overfurnish, verb (used with object)
prefurnish, verb (used with object)
refurnish, verb (used with object)
self-furnished, adjective
semifurnished, adjective
underfurnish, verb (used with object)
unfurnished, adjective
well-furnished, adjective
Can be confused
refinish, refurbish, refurnish.
Synonyms
1, 2. rig, outfit, deck out. Furnish, appoint, equip all refer to providing something necessary. Furnish emphasizes the idea of providing necessary or customary services or appliances in living quarters: to furnish board; a room meagerly furnished with a bed, desk, and a wooden chair. Appoint (now found only in well-appointed ) means to furnish completely with all requisites or accessories or in an elegant style: a well-appointed house. Equip means to supply with necessary materials or apparatus for some service, action, or undertaking; it emphasizes preparation: to equip a vessel, a soldier.
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  • From still further up the river, the traders may furnish a conveyance for letters.
  • furnish your garden simply and it will always look right, which makes outdoor parties a breeze.
  • In a rising market, houses turn over more often, which boosts high-street sales as buyers equip and furnish their homes.
  • It's strong and well thought out design would furnish a valuable shelter for the adventurous tripper.
British Dictionary definitions for furnish

furnish

/ˈfɜːnɪʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provide (a house, room, etc) with furniture, carpets, etc
2.
to equip with what is necessary; fit out
3.
to give; supply: the records furnished the information required
Derived Forms
furnisher, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French fournir, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German frummen to carry out
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Word Origin and History for furnish
v.

mid-15c., from Middle French furniss-, present participle stem of furnir "furnish, accomplish," from Old French fornir (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fornire, alteration of *fromire, from West Germanic *frumjan "forward movement, advancement" (cf. Old High German frumjan "to do, execute, provide"), from Proto-Germanic *fram- "forwards" (see from). Meaning "to provide" (something) is from 1520s. Related: Furnished; furnishing.

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