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[ree-fur-bish] /riˈfɜr bɪʃ/
verb (used with object)
to furbish again; renovate; brighten:
to refurbish the lobby.
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 refurbished
  • The elevators work fine, the views are great, the offices have been refurbished and no one is complaining about rats.
  • The school occupies a refurbished building on the university campus.
  • Reduced flights have taken a toll at the sparkling, refurbished facility.
  • Granted, with refurbished gadgets you run the risk of getting a unit that was returned because it was a lemon.
  • All standard rooms have been refurbished with new bathrooms.
  • Several newly refurbished sets of terraces are being made available to the public for the first time this summer.
  • And now a refurbished aircraft carrier plying the waves.
  • Hardy was upstairs, reinstalling a fully refurbished window in its original opening.
  • It is also opposed to the recommendation that tax should be equalised on new and refurbished buildings.
  • The carriages recently were completely refurbished to emulate the original features, but modern amenities have been added.
British Dictionary definitions for refurbished


(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 refurbished



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

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