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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To brighten by cleaning or rubbing; polish.
  • transitive v. To restore to attractive or serviceable condition; renovate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To polish or burnish.
  • v. To renovate or recondition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To rub or scour to brightness; to clean; to burnish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rub or scour to brightness; polish; burnish.
  • Figuratively, to clear from taint or stain; renew the glory or brightness of; renovate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. polish and make shiny

Etymologies

Middle English furbishen, from Old French fourbir, fourbiss-, from Frankish *furbjan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English furbishen, from Old French furbir (stem furbiss-, "to clean, polish"), of Germanic origin, from Frankish furbjan ("to clean, polish"), from Proto-Germanic *furbijanan (“to clean”), from Proto-Indo-European *prep- (“to appear”). Cognate with Old High German furben ("to clean, cleanse, purge, sweep"). (Wiktionary)

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