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 courtyard that furnishes a fine view.
To furnish information.
Origin of furnish
- Middle English furnisshen from Old French fournir fourniss- of Germanic origin per1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.