- The definition of furnish is to provide or to fill a home with furniture.
- 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.
A furnished bedroom.
- 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.