- 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- +â€Ž furbish, from Middle English furbishen, from Old French furbir (stem furbiss-, â€œto clean, polishâ€), from Frankish *furbjan (â€œto clean, polishâ€), from Proto-Germanic *furbijanÄ… (â€œto cleanâ€), from Proto-Indo-European *prep- (â€œto appearâ€). Cognate with Old High German furben (â€œto clean, cleanse, purge, sweepâ€).