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furbish Line breaks: fur|bish
Pronunciation: /ˈfəːbɪʃ/

Definition of furbish in English:


[with object] (usually as adjective furbished)
1Give a fresh look to (something old or shabby); renovate: the newly furbished church
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  • But recently the problem was settled - a newly furbished vegetarian restaurant in the neighbourhood was so attractive to these office ladies that ‘for at least three of our five working days, we dine there,’ Yan said.
  • A survey conducted by Beijing Children's Hospital found that 90 per cent of the children suffering from childhood leukemia in China were from houses which had been newly furbished.
  • On Saturday, we (and umpteen other gay men) met at Andy's newly furbished house around the corner from The Royal Oak for a joint house-warming and birthday party.
1.1 archaic Brighten up (a weapon) by polishing it: old arms duly furbished


Late Middle English: from Old French forbiss-, lengthened stem of forbir, of Germanic origin.

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