What does furnish mean?

Definitions for furnish
ˈfɜr nɪʃfur·nish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. supply, provide, render, furnishverb

    give something useful or necessary to

    "We provided the room with an electrical heater"

  2. furnishverb

    provide or equip with furniture

    "We furnished the house in the Biedermeyer style"


  1. furnishnoun

    Material used to create an engineered product.

  2. furnishverb

    To provide a place with furniture, or other equipment.

  3. furnishverb

    To supply or give.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To FURNISHverb

    Etymology: fournir, French.

    She hath directed
    How I shall take her from her father’s house;
    What gold and jewels she is furnish’d with. William Shakespeare.

    His training such,
    That he may furnish and instruct great teachers,
    And never seek for aid out of himself. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Thou shalt furnish him liberally out of thy flock. Deut. xv.

    Auria, having driven the Turks from Corone, both by sea and land, furnished the city with corn, wine, victual, and powder. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    Come, thou stranger, and furnish a table, and feed me of that thou hast ready. Ecclus. xxix. 26.

    I shall not need to heap up instances; every one’s reading and conversation will sufficiently furnish him, if he wants to be better stored. John Locke.

    These simple ideas, the materials of all our knowledge, are suggested and furnished to the mind only by these two ways, sensation and reflection. John Locke.

    It is not any action of the state, but a compact among private persons that hath furnished out these several remittances. Joseph Addison, Remarks on Italy.

    Something deeper,
    Whereof perchance these are but furnishings. William Shakespeare.

    Plato entertained some of his friends at dinner, and had in the chamber a bed or couch, neatly and costly furnished. Diogenes came in, and got up upon the bed, and trampled it, saying, I trample upon the pride of Plato. Plato mildly answered, But with greater pride, Diogenes. Francis Bacon, Apophth.

    We were led into another great room, furnished with old inscriptions. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Will your lordship lend me a thousand pounds to furnish me? William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    Ideas, forms, and intellects,
    Have furnish’d out three diff’rent sects. Matthew Prior.

    Doubtless the man Jesus Christ is furnished with superior powers to all the angels in heaven, because he is employed in superior work. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    The wounded arm would furnish all their rooms,
    And bleed for ever scarlet in the looms. Charles Montagu.


  1. Furnish

    Furnish is a surname.


  1. furnish

    Furnish refers to the action of providing or equipping with whatever is necessary or useful for a certain purpose. It often involves providing furniture for a room or building, or supplying with provisions, equipment, or information. It may also imply the act of giving or offering something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Furnishverb

    to supply with anything necessary, useful, or appropriate; to provide; to equip; to fit out, or fit up; to adorn; as, to furnish a family with provisions; to furnish one with arms for defense; to furnish a Cable; to furnish the mind with ideas; to furnish one with knowledge or principles; to furnish an expedition or enterprise, a room or a house

  2. Furnishverb

    to offer for use; to provide (something); to give (something); to afford; as, to furnish food to the hungry: to furnish arms for defense

  3. Furnishnoun

    that which is furnished as a specimen; a sample; a supply

  4. Etymology: [OF. furnir, fornir, to furnish, finish, F. fournir; akin to Pr. formir, furmir, fromir, to accomplish, satisfy, fr. OHG. frumjan to further, execute, do, akin to E. frame. See Frame, v. t., and -ish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Furnish

    fur′nish, v.t. to fit up or supply completely, or with what is necessary: to equip (with).—adj. Fur′nished, stocked with furniture.—n. Fur′nisher.—n.pl. Fur′nishings, fittings of any kind, esp. articles of furniture, &c., within a house: (Shak.) any incidental part.—n. Fur′nishment. [O. Fr. furniss-, furnir—Old High Ger. frummjan, to do.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. furnish

    To provide; to equip; as, to furnish one with arms for defense.

Editors Contribution

  1. furnishadjective

    To provide with

    The house got furnished with a sense of joy

    Submitted by MaryC on June 16, 2024  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Furnish is ranked #19997 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Furnish surname appeared 1,339 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Furnish.

    95% or 1,273 total occurrences were White.
    2% or 27 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 20 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 13 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'furnish' in Verbs Frequency: #1071

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of furnish in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of furnish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of furnish in a Sentence

  1. Warrick Dunn:

    $ 5,000 down payment and we fully furnish their homes with food, furniture, linens, garden tools, TVs, computers all the way down to the toothbrush, the more I learned, we wanted to get into the business of giving people the potential to break their cycle of poverty.

  2. Edgar Degas:

    The museums are here to teach the history of art and something more as well, for, if they stimulate in the weak a desire to imitate, they furnish the strong with the means of their emancipation.

  3. Tryon Edwards:

    The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind to train it to the use of its own powers, rather than fill it with the accumulation of others.

  4. Gene Roddenberry:

    You, The audience, furnish it's propulsion. With a wondrous leap of imagination, you make it into a real spaceship that can take us into the far reaches of the galaxy and sometimes even to the depths of the human soul.

  5. Zainol Mohd Isa:

    As a responsible airport operator, Malaysia Airports undertakes to verify all claims of aircraft ownership with the relevant authorities. Thus far, we have not been able to do so to our satisfaction, as such, we urge the rightful owner to furnish us with the required information for verification purposes.

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