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refurbish

[ree-fur-bish] /riˈfɜr bɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to furbish again; renovate; brighten:
to refurbish the lobby.
Origin of refurbish
1605-1615
1605-15; re- + furbish
Related forms
refurbishment, noun
Can be confused
refinish, refurbish, refurnish.
Synonyms
refurnish, redecorate.
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  • In January 1971 Radio Sofia took steps to refurbish its old programming.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Why revamp and refurbish the old platitudes and dole them out each succeeding year?

    Craftsmanship in Teaching William Chandler Bagley
  • We were to meet the directors of the Hudson's Bay Company that night, and we had come out to refurbish our scant, wild attire.

    Heralds of Empire Agnes C. Laut
  • If he venture to clean or refurbish his board without authorisation, he will receive a summons and be compelled to pay a fine.

  • It was Josie Fifer's duty not only to tabulate and care for these relics, but to refurbish them when necessary.

    Cheerful--By Request Edna Ferber
British Dictionary definitions for refurbish

refurbish

/riːˈfɜːbɪʃ/
verb
1.
(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
v.

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

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