furnish [fur-nish] SynonymsExamplesWord Originverb (used with object)
- to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc.
- to provide or supply (often followed by with): The delay furnished me with the time I needed.
- paper pulp and any ingredients added to it prior to its introduction into a papermaking machine.
Origin of furnish 1400–50; late Middle English furnisshen Old French furniss-, long stem of furnir to accomplish, furnish Germanic; compare Old High German frumjan to provideRelated formsfur·nish·er, nounhalf-fur·nished, adjectiveo·ver·fur·nish, verb (used with object)pre·fur·nish, verb (used with object)re·fur·nish, verb (used with object)self-fur·nished, adjectivesem·i·fur·nished, adjectiveun·der·fur·nish, verb (used with object)un·fur·nished, adjectivewell-fur·nished, adjectiveCan be confusedrefinish refurbish refurnishSynonyms for furnish 1, 2. rig, outfit, deck out. Furnish, appoint, equip all refer to providing something necessary. Furnish emphasizes the idea of providing necessary or customary services or appliances in living quarters: to furnish board; a room meagerly furnished with a bed, desk, and a wooden chair. Appoint (now found only in well-appointed ) means to furnish completely with all requisites or accessories or in an elegant style: a well-appointed house. Equip means to supply with necessary materials or apparatus for some service, action, or undertaking; it emphasizes preparation: to equip a vessel, a soldier. Related Words for well-furnished luxurious, well-equipped, well-furnished Examples from the Web for well-furnished Historical Examples of well-furnished
In the eery light a well-furnished living room was revealed.
Arthur Leo Zagat
A bed of goose feathers is required to complete a well-furnished house.
A well-furnished chamber was provided for him in that immense chateau.
John S. C. Abbott
We were standing out in the well-furnished hall and I glanced around.
William Le Queux
I daresay with patience and pains you will get a well-furnished house after all.
Charlotte Maria Tucker
British Dictionary definitions for well-furnished well-furnished adjective (well furnished when postpositive)
- (of a room, house, etc) fitted out or decorated with attractive or good quality furniture, carpets, etcwell furnished with tapestries and porcelain
- amply stocked, equipped, or suppliedhe was well furnished with notebooks
furnish verb (tr)
- to provide (a house, room, etc) with furniture, carpets, etc
- to equip with what is necessary; fit out
- to give; supplythe records furnished the information required
Derived Formsfurnisher, nounWord Origin for furnish C15: from Old French fournir, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German frummen to carry out Word Origin and History for well-furnished furnish v.
mid-15c., from Middle French furniss-, present participle stem of furnir “furnish, accomplish,” from Old French fornir (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *fornire, alteration of *fromire, from West Germanic *frumjan “forward movement, advancement” (cf. Old High German frumjan “to do, execute, provide”), from Proto-Germanic *fram- “forwards” (see from). Meaning “to provide” (something) is from 1520s. Related: Furnished; furnishing.