- To provide a place with furniture, or other equipment .
- ( figuratively ) To supply or give.
From Middle English furnysshen, from Old French furniss-, stem of certain parts of furnir, fornir ( Modern French fournir ), from Germanic, from Frankish *frumjan ( “to complete, execute” ), from Proto-Germanic *frumjanan ( “to further, promote” ), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- ( “front, forward” ). Cognate with Old High German frumjan ( “to perform, provide” ), Old High German fruma ( “utility, gain” ), Old English fremu ( “profit, advantage” ), Old English fremian ( “to promote, perform” ). More at frame, frim .
Explanation of furnish by Wordnet Dictionary
- Furnish ( fûrnĭsh ), 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, akin to E. frame. See Frame, v. t., and -ish.]
1. To supply with anything necessary, useful, or appropriate; to provide; to equip; to fit out, or fit up; to adorn; as, “to furnish a family with provisions; to furnish one with arms for defense; to furnish a Cable; to furnish the mind with ideas; to furnish one with knowledge or principles; to furnish an expedition or enterprise, a room or a house.”
That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished
unto all good works. 2 Tim. iii. 17,
2. To offer for use; to provide ( something ); to give ( something ); to afford; as, “to furnish food to the hungry: to furnish arms for defense”.
Ye are they . . . that furnish the drink offering unto that number. Is. lxv. 11.
His writings and his life furnish abundant proofs that he was not a man of strong sense. Macaulay.
- Furnish, n. That which is furnished as a specimen; a sample; a supply. [Obs.] Greene.
Definition of furnish by GCIDE Dictionary