furbish


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fur·bish

 (fûr′bĭsh)
tr.v. fur·bished, fur·bish·ing, fur·bish·es
1. To brighten by cleaning or rubbing; polish.
2. To restore to attractive or serviceable condition; renovate.

[Middle English furbishen, from Old French fourbir, fourbiss-, from Frankish *furbjan.]

fur′bish·er n.

furbish

(ˈfɜːbɪʃ)
vb (tr)
1. to make bright by polishing; burnish
2. (often foll by up) to improve the appearance or condition of; renovate; restore
[C14: from Old French fourbir to polish, of Germanic origin]
ˈfurbisher n

fur•bish

(ˈfɜr bɪʃ)

v.t.
1. to restore to freshness of appearance or good condition (often fol. by up).
2. to polish.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French forbiss-, long s. of forbir to polish, clean < Germanic; compare Old High German furben to clean]
fur′bish•er, n.

furbish


Past participle: furbished
Gerund: furbishing

Imperative
furbish
furbish
Present
I furbish
you furbish
he/she/it furbishes
we furbish
you furbish
they furbish
Preterite
I furbished
you furbished
he/she/it furbished
we furbished
you furbished
they furbished
Present Continuous
I am furbishing
you are furbishing
he/she/it is furbishing
we are furbishing
you are furbishing
they are furbishing
Present Perfect
I have furbished
you have furbished
he/she/it has furbished
we have furbished
you have furbished
they have furbished
Past Continuous
I was furbishing
you were furbishing
he/she/it was furbishing
we were furbishing
you were furbishing
they were furbishing
Past Perfect
I had furbished
you had furbished
he/she/it had furbished
we had furbished
you had furbished
they had furbished
Future
I will furbish
you will furbish
he/she/it will furbish
we will furbish
you will furbish
they will furbish
Future Perfect
I will have furbished
you will have furbished
he/she/it will have furbished
we will have furbished
you will have furbished
they will have furbished
Future Continuous
I will be furbishing
you will be furbishing
he/she/it will be furbishing
we will be furbishing
you will be furbishing
they will be furbishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been furbishing
you have been furbishing
he/she/it has been furbishing
we have been furbishing
you have been furbishing
they have been furbishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been furbishing
you will have been furbishing
he/she/it will have been furbishing
we will have been furbishing
you will have been furbishing
they will have been furbishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been furbishing
you had been furbishing
he/she/it had been furbishing
we had been furbishing
you had been furbishing
they had been furbishing
Conditional
I would furbish
you would furbish
he/she/it would furbish
we would furbish
you would furbish
they would furbish
Past Conditional
I would have furbished
you would have furbished
he/she/it would have furbished
we would have furbished
you would have furbished
they would have furbished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.furbish - polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my shoes"
polish, smooth, smoothen, shine - make (a surface) shine; "shine the silver, please"; "polish my shoes"

furbish

verb
1. To give a gleaming luster to, usually through friction:
2. To make new or as if new again:
Idiom: give a new look to.
Translations

furbish

[ˈfɜːbɪʃ] VT to furbish uprenovar, restaurar

furbish

vt
(= polish)blank reiben, (auf)polieren
(= smarten up)aufpolieren

furbish

[ˈfɜːbɪʃ] vt (polish) → lucidare; (renovate, smarten) → ravvivare
References in classic literature ?
We arrived in time to furbish up and get to the English church before services began.
She would have Sophie to look over all her "toilettes," as she called frocks; to furbish up any that were "passees," and to air and arrange the new.
As the height of luxury, Meg put out some of her sewing, and then found time hang so heavily that she fell to snipping and spoiling her clothes in her attempts to furbish them up a`la Moffat.
As soon as they could furbish up their helmets and shields, therefore, and gird on their trusty swords, they came thronging to Iolchos, and clambered on board the new galley.
How they sighed, our fathers, when they saw on the wall brightly furbished, dried-up swords!
So then, his armour being furbished, his morion turned into a helmet, his hack christened, and he himself confirmed, he came to the conclusion that nothing more was needed now but to look out for a lady to be in love with; for a knight-errant without love was like a tree without leaves or fruit, or a body without a soul.
In the first place he himself furbished a sword, which he drew from its perfumed leather sheath; he examined it to see if its hilt was well guarded and if the blade was firmly attached to the hilt.
To look at the matter in this light simplified his own case and surprisingly furbished up all the dim domestic virtues.
Bucket, who feels in a manner furbished up in his French by the blow of the morning.
She wore an odd little vizored cap of white leghorn, which may either have been the latest thing in children's hats, or some bit of ancient finery furbished up for the occasion.
Shall it be Champ-Aubert, where we ran out of cartridges, and furbished them just the same with the bayonet?"
One or two of the old properties were drawn out of the garrets, where they had lain ever since, and furbished up anew for the present festivities.