verb fur·nish \ˈfər-nish\

: to provide (a room or building) with furniture

: to supply or give (something) to someone or something

: to supply or give to (someone) something that is needed or wanted

Full Definition of FURNISH

transitive verb
:  to provide with what is needed; especially :  to equip with furniture
:  supply, give <furnished food and shelter for the refugees>
fur·nish·er noun

Origin of FURNISH

Middle English furnisshen, from Anglo-French furniss-, stem of furnir, fournir to complete, equip, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German frummen to further, fruma advantage — more at foremost
First Known Use: 15th century

Synonym Discussion of FURNISH

furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accoutre mean to supply one with what is needed. furnish implies the provision of any or all essentials for performing a function <a sparsely furnished apartment>. equip suggests the provision of something making for efficiency in action or use <a fully equipped kitchen>. outfit implies provision of a complete list or set of articles as for a journey, an expedition, or a special occupation <outfitted the family for a ski trip>. appoint implies provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings <a lavishly appointed apartment>. accoutre suggests the supplying of personal dress or equipment for a special activity <fully accoutred members of a polar expedition>.

Rhymes with FURNISH

FURNISH Defined for Kids


verb fur·nish \ˈfər-nish\

Definition of FURNISH for Kids

:  to provide with furniture <furnish a house>
:  to provide with what is needed <“I'm going to give you all a nice quiet cell—unless you furnish bail.” — Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins>
:  to supply to someone or something <We'll furnish food for the party.>


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