Furnish Definition

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To provide (what is needed or desired).
Furnished the snacks for the party.
American Heritage
To supply, provide, or equip with whatever is necessary or useful; esp., to put furniture into (a room, apartment, etc.)
Webster's New World
To supply; provide; give.
To furnish information.
Webster's New World
To have as an available or desirable feature.
A courtyard that furnishes a fine view.
American Heritage

To provide a place with furniture, or other equipment.


Material used to create an engineered product.


Origin of Furnish

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • 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

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