verb (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.
- 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
“equipped,” 1550s, past participle adjective from furnish. Of rooms, houses, etc. from 1640s.
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.