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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.]
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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]
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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]
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Past participle: furbished
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|Verb||1.||furbish - polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my shoes"|
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1. To give a gleaming luster to, usually through friction:
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