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Definition of furnish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    furnish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːnɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrnɪʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they furnish
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːnɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrnɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it furnishes
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːnɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrnɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple furnished
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːnɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrnɪʃt//
     
    past participle furnished
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːnɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrnɪʃt//
     
    -ing form furnishing
    BrE BrE//ˈfɜːnɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɜːrnɪʃɪŋ//
     
    Furniture
     
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  1. 1furnish something to put furniture in a house, room, etc. The room was furnished with antiques. CollocationsDecorating and home improvementHouses refurbish/​renovate/ (British English) do up a building/​a house convert a building/​house/​room into homes/​offices/(especially North American English) apartments/(British English) flats extend/​enlarge a house/​building/​room/​kitchen build (British English) an extension (to the back/​rear of a house)/(North American English) an addition (on/​to something)/(British English) a conservatory knock down/​demolish a house/​home/​building/​wall knock out/​through the wall separating two roomsDecoration furnish/​paint/ (especially British English) decorate a home/​house/​apartment/​flat/​room be decorated in bright colours/(especially US English) colors/​in a traditional style/​with flowers/​with paintings paint/​plaster the walls/​ceiling hang/​put up/​strip off/​remove the wallpaper install/​replace/​remove the bathroom fixtures/(British English) fittings build/​put up shelves lay wooden flooring/​timber decking/​floor tiles/​a carpet/​a patio put up/​hang/​take down a picture/​painting/​poster/​curtainDIY/​home improvement do (British English) DIY/​carpentry/​the plumbing/​the wiring make home improvements add/​install central heating/​underfloor heating/​insulation fit/​install double-glazing/​a smoke alarm insulate your house/​your home/​the walls/​the pipes/​the tanks/(especially British English) the loft fix/​repair a roof/​a leak/​a pipe/​the plumbing/​a leaking (especially British English) tap/(usually North American English) faucet block/​clog (up)/unblock/​unclog a pipe/​sink make/​drill/​fill a hole hammer (in)/pull out/​remove a nail tighten/​untighten/​loosen/​remove a screw saw/​cut/​treat/​stain/​varnish/​paint wood See related entries: Furniture
  2. 2furnish somebody/something with something | furnish something (formal) to supply or provide somebody/something with something; to supply something to somebody She furnished him with the facts surrounding the case. Foreign investors furnished most of the capital for the project.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the general sense ‘provide or equip with what is necessary or desirable’): from Old French furniss-, lengthened stem of furnir, ultimately of West Germanic origin.
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