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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
1605-1615
1605-15; re- + furbish
Related forms
refurbishment, noun
Can be confused
refinish, refurbish, refurnish.
Synonyms
refurnish, redecorate.
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Examples from the web for refurbishment
  • Meanwhile, the world's older dams are in dire need of refurbishment, lest the floods burst their bounds.
  • The network and the stations have also been undergoing significant refurbishment.
  • The attraction is closed today and will be removed for refurbishment.
  • Although a lot of its components were technically reusable, it required extensive refurbishment between trips.
  • All testing and refurbishment will be conducted by certified personnel.
  • Kit materials that are consumed during instruction can be replaced with the prepackaged refurbishment set.
British Dictionary definitions for refurbishment

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 refurbishment

refurbish

v.

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

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