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Definition of the noun furnish

What does furnish mean as a name of something?


  1. Material used to create an engineered product.

Definition of the verb furnish

What does furnish mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: furnished | furnishing | furnishes

  1. give something useful or necessary to
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient]He reimbursed members | Hess supplied its customers
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown presented Jones with a plaque
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Brown presented the plaque
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones | They lent a bicycle to me | We contributed our paycheck to her

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): credit, entrust, serve, supply.

    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of furnish: provide / render / supply
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    • more specific terms:
      • hydrate = supply water or liquid to in order to maintain a healthy balance
      • charge = energize a battery by passing a current through it in the direction opposite to discharge
      • date = provide with a dateline
      • feed = feed into
      • calk = provide with calks
      • fund = provide a fund for the redemption of principal or payment of interest
      • scant / skimp / stint = supply sparingly and with restricted quantities
      • terrasse / terrace = provide (a house) with a terrace
      • dado = provide with a dado
      • innervate = supply nerves to
      • offer = make available or accessible, provide or furnish
      • signalise / signalize = provide with traffic signals
      • extend / offer = make available
      • stock = provide or furnish with a stock of something
      • stock up / buy in / stock = amass so as to keep for future use or sale or for a particular occasion or use
      • caption = provide with a caption, as of a photograph or a drawing
      • tube = provide with a tube or insert a tube into
      • ticket = provide with a ticket for passage or admission
      • stock = supply with livestock
      • stock = supply with fish
      • rim = furnish with a rim
      • fret = provide (a musical instrument) with frets
      • step = furnish with steps
      • rail = provide with rails
      • grate = furnish with a grate
      • capitalise / capitalize = supply with capital, as of a business by using a combination of capital used by investors and debt capital provided by lenders
      • alphabetize = provide with an alphabet
      • wharf = provide with a wharf
      • air-condition / air-cool = equip with an apparatus for controlling the humidity and temperature
      • uniform = provide with uniforms
      • railroad = supply with railroad lines
      • partner = provide with a partner
      • bewhisker / whisker = furnish with whiskers
      • subtitle = supply (a movie) with subtitles
      • headline = provide (a newspaper page or a story) with a headline
      • match = provide funds complementary to
      • hobnail = supply with hobnails
      • wive = provide with a wife
      • victual = supply with food
      • surfeit / cloy = supply or feed to surfeit
      • heat = provide with heat
      • seat = provide with seats
      • seat = put a seat on a chair
      • ramp = furnish with a ramp
      • arm = supply with arms
      • interleave = provide (books) with blank leaves
      • glass / glaze = furnish with glass
      • crenellate / crenelate / crenel = supply with battlements
      • causeway = provide with a causeway
      • canalise / canalize / canal = provide (a city) with a canal
      • bush = provide with a bushing
      • brattice = supply with a brattice, to ventilate mines
      • slat = equip or bar with slats
      • berth = provide with a berth
      • bed = furnish with a bed
      • computerise / computerize = provide with computers
      • costume = furnish with costumes
      • bottom = provide with a bottom or a seat
      • rafter = provide (a ceiling) with rafters
      • tool = furnish with tools
      • key = provide with a key
      • fuel = provide with a combustible substance that provides energy
      • provision / purvey = supply with provisions
      • afford / yield / give = be the cause or source of
      • fit out / outfit / equip / fit = provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
      • transistorise / transistorize = equip (an electronic circuit or device) with transistors
      • upholster = provide furniture with padding, springs, webbing, and covers
      • cleat = provide with cleats
      • coal = supply with coal
      • corbel = furnish with a corbel
      • cornice = furnish with a cornice
      • constitutionalize = provide with a constitution, as of a country
      • copper-bottom = provide with a copper bottom
      • curtain = provide with drapery
      • gate = supply with a gate
      • index = provide with an index
      • articulate / joint = provide with a joint
      • pour = supply in large amounts or quantities
      • pump = supply in great quantities
      • fire / fuel = provide with fuel
      • oversupply / flood / glut = supply with an excess of
      • toggle = provide with a toggle or toggles
      • patch = provide with a patch
      • water = provide with water
      • leverage = provide with leverage
      • tap = furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it
      • top out / top = provide with a top or finish the top
      • reflectorise / reflectorize = provide with reflectors, such as chemicals
      • retrofit = provide with parts, devices, or equipment not available or in use at the time of the original manufacture
      • border / edge = provide with a border or edge
      • machicolate = supply with projecting galleries
      • sanitate = provide with sanitary facilities or appliances
      • hat = furnish with a hat
      • theme = provide with a particular theme or motive
      • kern = furnish with a kern
      • headquarter = provide with headquarters
      • shelter = provide shelter for
  2. provide or equip with furniture
    • example: We furnished the house in the Biedermeyer style
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: provide / render / supply = give something useful or necessary to
    • more specific word: refurnish = furnish with new or different furniture

Alternative definition of the verb furnish


  1. To provide a place with furniture, or other equipment.
  2. [figuratively] To supply or give.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for furnish

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Google previewThe Domestic Encyclopedia, Or, A Dictionary of Facts and Useful Knowledge, Chiefly Applicable to Rural & Domestic Economy (1821)

With an Appendix, Containing Additions in Domestic Medicine, and the Veterinary and Culinary Arts by Anthony Florian Madinger Willich, Thomas Cooper, Katherine Golden Bitting Collection on Gastronomy (Library of Congress)

all vegetables, furnish it in some proportion. 5thly. A 5th or 6th in weight of charcoal, and nearly equal in bulk to the vegetable itself; of this about 90 parts in 100 are frequently pure carbon, when well burnt and freshly ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Forms and Precedents for Pleading and Practice, at Common Law, in Equity, and Under the Various Codes and Practice Acts (1900)

by William Henry Michael, William Mack, Howard Pervear Nash, Thomas Edward O'Brien, James Cockcroft

That thereupon, and on or about said last mentioned date, it was verbally agreed by and between your petitioner and the said William West that your petitioner should furnish and deliver to the said William West, at the building aforesaid, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American Religions (2013)

by Larry G. Murphy, J. Gordon Melton, Gary L. Ward

The MECSwould furnish a large ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Surface and Colloid Science: Por-Z (2002)

by Arthur T. Hubbard

and DCS As mentioned previously, cationic demand is a measure of the total amount of available negative charges in a furnish or specific fraction, although adsorption of cationic polymers generally ...

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Usage statistics about furnish

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb furnish:


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Quotes about furnish

A new and valid idea is worth more than a regiment and fewer men can furnish the former than command the latter. (Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.)
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Scrabble value of F4U1R1N1I1S1H4

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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