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Meaning of furnish by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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 .


    furnish ( plural: furnishes )

    1. Material used to create an engineered product.


    furnish ( third-person singular simple present furnishes present participle furnishing, simple past and past participle furnished ) ( transitive )

    1. To provide a place with furniture, or other equipment .
    2. ( figuratively ) To supply or give.

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    • furnish in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • furnish in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of furnish by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give something useful or necessary to

    2. provide or equip with furniture

    3. We furnished the house in the Biedermeyer style

    Definition of furnish by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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.

    2. Furnish, n. That which is furnished as a specimen; a sample; a supply. [Obs.] Greene.