A furnished bedroom.
- When you provide someone with information, this is an example of a situation where you furnish information.
- When you fill a house with couches and chairs and beds and other items necessary to live comfortably, this is an example of a situation where you furnish the house.
- to supply, provide, or equip with whatever is necessary or useful; esp., to put furniture into (a room, apartment, etc.)
- to supply; provide; give: to furnish information
Origin of furnishMiddle English furnishen from extended stem of Old French furnir (Fr fournir) from Frankish an unverified form frumjan (akin to Old English framian, German frommen, to benefit), causative from an unverified form fruma (akin to Old Norse frami, profit): for Indo-European base see from
transitive verbfur·nished, fur·nish·ing, fur·nish·es
- a. To provide (what is needed or desired): furnished the snacks for the party.b. To provide furniture for: furnish a room.c. To provide something necessary or desired to; equip: furnished the students with pens.
- To have as an available or desirable feature: a courtyard that furnishes a fine view.
Origin of furnishMiddle English furnisshen from Old French fournir fourniss- of Germanic origin ; see per1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present furnishes, present participle furnishing, simple past and past participle furnished)
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 *frumjaną (“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.