American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make clean, bright, or fresh again; renovate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To furbish anew; polish up.
- v. To rebuild or replenish with all new material; to restore to original (or better) working order and appearance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To furbish anew.
- v. make brighter and prettier
- 1605, from re- + furbish, from Middle English furbishen, from Old French furbir (stem furbiss-, "to clean, polish"), 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)
“The military industrial warriors in the Bush administration had decided from the beginning of his term to go ahead with their plans to 'refurbish' the existing nuclear arsenal, designating the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California over the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for the project if it happens to get the funding from the, so-far, reluctant Congress.”
“It was reported today that the Bush administration has decided to move forward with their plans to 'refurbish' the existing nuclear arsenal, designating the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California over the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico for the project if it happens to get the funding from the, so-far, reluctant Congress.”
“The 'new generation' nuclear plan Bush just unveiled is being justified by claiming a need to 'refurbish' our nuclear arsenal.”
“(NNSA) to "refurbish" aging nuclear warheads to ensure that they still work and are safe,”
“They can "refurbish" the game: Reset any DRM installation restrictions, clear out the multi-player accounts, check the disk for scratches, and replace any missing bits of paper in the box.”
“The first lady apparently went to whatever storage place houses past administration Christmas decorations, plucked out some ornaments and sent them to 60 communities across the country and asked them to "refurbish" them.”
“(His only objection was a $4 billion grant to states and cities to "refurbish" foreclosed homes).”
“But it would have taken $7 million just to refurbish the feeder lot and plant.”
“In the ensuing political turbulence, Khan and his supporters mounted a sustained public relations and legal campaign to refurbish his image and release him from house arrest.”
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