- To refurbish is to renovate something or fix something up.
When you paint old kitchen cabinets to make them prettier, this is an example of a time when you refurbish the cabinets.
Cabinets being refurbished.
Origin of refurbishre- + furbish
transitive verbre·fur·bished, re·fur·bish·ing, re·fur·bish·es
(third-person singular simple present refurbishes, present participle refurbishing, simple past and past participle refurbished)
1605, from re- + furbish, from Middle English furbishen, from Old French furbir (stem furbiss-, “to clean, polish”), from Frankish *furbjan (“to clean, polish”), from Proto-Germanic *furbijaną (“to clean”), from Proto-Indo-European *prep- (“to appear”). Cognate with Old High German furben (“to clean, cleanse, purge, sweep”).