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

  • transitive v. To equip with what is needed, especially to provide furniture for.
  • transitive v. To supply; give: "The story of Orpheus has furnished Pope with an illustration” ( Thomas Bulfinch).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Material used to create an engineered product.
  • v. To provide a place with furniture, or other equipment.
  • v. To supply or give.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That which is furnished as a specimen; a sample; a supply.
  • transitive v. To supply with anything necessary, useful, or appropriate; to provide; to equip; to fit out, or fit up; to adorn
  • transitive v. To offer for use; to provide (something); to give (something); to afford.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To provide; supply: used with with, and having a personal object: as, to furnish a family with food; to furnish a person with money for some purpose.
  • To provide for use; make or afford a provision of; supply; yield: with a thing as object: as, to furnish arms for defense; Normally furnishes the best draft-horses; this fact furnishes a strong argument against your theory.
  • To provide with what is proper or suitable; supply with anything; fit up or fit out; equip: as, to furnish a house, a library, or an expedition; to furnish the mind by study and observation.
  • Specifically In ceramics, to ornament with pieces molded separately and afterward attached to the object, as a vase with figures of flowers, or the like.
  • To provide one's self with equipment; equip one's self.
  • To provide furniture for a room or a house.
  • In racing slang, to take on flesh; improve in strength and appearance.
  • n. Provision; outfit; furniture; supply.
  • n. An obsolete variant of furnace.

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

  • v. give something useful or necessary to
  • v. provide or equip with furniture


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

Middle English furnisshen, from Old French fournir, fourniss-, of Germanic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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 *frumjanan (“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.


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