transitive verb Etymology: 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 Date: 15th century 1. to provide with what is needed; especially to equip with furniture 2. supply, give <
furnished food and shelter for the refugees
furnisher noun Synonyms: 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Furnish — Fur nish (f[^u]r n[i^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Furnished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Furnishing}.] [OF. furnir, fornir, to furnish, finish, F. fournir; akin to Pr. formir, furmir, fromir, to accomplish, satisfy, fr. OHG. frumjan to further, execute, do,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • furnish — fur‧nish [ˈfɜːnɪʆ ǁ ˈfɜːr ] verb [transitive] 1. to provide or supply something: • Each company is required to furnish details of its market position to the Bank of England at the close of business each day. • The company entered into a hire… …   Financial and business terms

  • furnish — 1 *provide, supply Analogous words: *get, obtain, procure, acquire, secure: *prepare, fit, ready, qualify, condition Antonyms: strip 2 Furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accouter, arm are comparable when they mean to supply a person or something… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • furnish — [fʉr′nish] vt. [ME furnishen < extended stem of OFr furnir (Fr fournir) < Frank * frumjan (akin to OE framian, Ger frommen, to benefit), caus. < * fruma (akin to ON frami, profit): for IE base see FROM] 1. to supply, provide, or equip… …   English World dictionary

  • furnish — I verb accommodate, accouter, afford, appoint, apportion, arm, bestow, contribute, enable, endow, endue, equip, fit out, gear, give, grant, indulge, instruere, lavish, outfit, praebere, present, produce, provide, provision, purvey, rig, stock,… …   Law dictionary

  • furnish — mid 15c., from M.Fr. furniss , prp. stem of furnir furnish, accomplish, from O.Fr. fornir (12c.), from V.L. *fornire, alteration of *fromire, from W.Gmc. *frumjan forward movement, advancement (Cf. O.H.G. frumjan to do, execute, provide ), from P …   Etymology dictionary

  • furnish — [v1] decorate, supply accoutre, apparel, appoint, arm, array, clothe, endow, equip, feather a nest*, fit, fit out*, fix up*, gear, line a nest*, make habitable, outfit, provide, provision, purvey, rig, stock, store, turn out; concepts 140,177,182 …   New thesaurus

  • furnish — ► VERB 1) provide (a room or building) with furniture and fittings. 2) (furnish with) supply with (equipment or information). 3) be a source of; provide. DERIVATIVES furnished adjective furnisher noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • Furnish — Fur nish, n. That which is furnished as a specimen; a sample; a supply. [Obs.] Greene. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • furnish — v. 1) to furnish elegantly; luxuriously; plainly; tastefully 2) (D; tr.) ( to provide ) to furnish for (to furnish blankets for the refugees) 3) (D; tr.) ( to provide ) to furnish with (can you furnish us with the necessary information?) 4) (D;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • furnish — furnisher, n. /ferr nish/, v.t. 1. to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc. 2. to provide or supply (often fol. by with): The delay furnished me with the time I needed. n. 3. paper pulp and any… …   Universalium

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