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[ree-fur-bish] /riˈfɜr bɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to furbish again; renovate; brighten:
to refurbish the lobby.
Origin of refurbish
1605-15; re- + furbish
Related forms
refurbishment, noun
Can be confused
refinish, refurbish, refurnish.
refurnish, redecorate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for refurbish
  • As for creating homes, they will build or refurbish eight houses this year.
  • But its representative could only look on stoically as the good stuff-which he could refurbish and sell-disappeared.
  • Marines celebrate the reopening of a school they helped refurbish.
  • No decision has been made yet as to whether the developer would refurbish and rent the existing units or sell them off.
  • It is probably too late to take it out and refurbish the thing, it is a real pain in the ankle to do so anyway.
  • Cohn was known for his ability to buy properties on favorable terms and refurbish them to attract creditworthy tenants.
  • There are speculators who buy out tenants, refurbish the buildings and then sell the units as condominiums.
  • He has spent millions of dollars to refurbish planes.
  • In a shopping mall with a low occupancy rate the owner can decide to refurbish the mall or to offer special leases.
  • He houses this truck in his private garage and hopes to refurbish it.
British Dictionary definitions for refurbish


(transitive) to make neat, clean, or complete, as by renovating, re-equipping, or restoring
Derived Forms
refurbishing, refurbishment, noun
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Word Origin and History for refurbish

1610s, from re- "again" + furbish, on model of French refourbir. Related: Refurbished; refurbishing.

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