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
- 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.
- n. That which is furnished as a specimen; a sample; a supply.
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
Middle English furnisshen, from Old French fournir, fourniss-, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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. (Wiktionary)