furnish


furnish
furnish 1 *provide, supply
Analogous words: *get, obtain, procure, acquire, secure: *prepare, fit, ready, qualify, condition
Antonyms: strip
2 Furnish, equip, outfit, appoint, accouter, arm are comparable when they mean to supply a person or something used by him with the adjuncts necessary or appropriate to his daily living or his occupation.
Furnish stresses the provision of all essentials; thus, a house is furnished when it is supplied with all the necessary conveniences that make it ready for use as a home.
Equip stresses the provision of things or occasionally of a single thing making for efficiency in action or in use; thus, a poorly furnished kitchen may be short in tables or chairs, but a poorly equipped kitchen is not adequately provided with the utensils or appliances needed for cooking and other work carried on there; one equips, rather than furnishes, an automobile with a four-wheel drive.
Outfit stresses provision for a journey, an expedition, or a special kind of activity (as work); it is used chiefly with reference to necessary clothes, tools, utensils, and accessories and so is narrower in its range of applications than furnish and broader than equip
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it took several days to outfit me for my journey to Washington— Cather

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Appoint, which is somewhat bookish in this sense, suggests complete and often elegant furnishings or equipment
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well-appointed drawing rooms

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the Bristol mail is the best appointed in the kingdom— De Quincey

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Accouter stresses provision of dress, array, or personal equipment, usually for a particular activity (as military service)
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soldiers accoutered for the conflict

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he . . . was accoutered in a riding dress— Dickens

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the fully accoutered members of a Wild West show— Sat. Review

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Arm stresses provision for effective action or operation; it is used chiefly with reference to equipment necessary for offense or defense
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arm a battleship

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armed to the teeth

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but it may imply no more than provision of a means of preparation for added strength or security
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arm the hilt of a sword with a plate

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armed with rubbers and umbrella

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In their extended senses the words in this group retain their respective implications but refer to mental, moral, or physical qualifications rather than to things
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such education as the local schools could furnishSmythe

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thus equipped with a philosophy Emerson was prepared to begin his work as a critic— Parringtony

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Required ... the judge to outfit him legally— Hackett

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one weeps to see Fowler Modern English Usage] stripped and reaccoutered by an unskilled hand for ends which he would repudiate— Barzun

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he armed himself with patience, as was needful, having so much to endure— Norton

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Analogous words: endue, endow, *dower: array, apparel, *clothe
Contrasted words: *strip, dismantle, denude, divest: despoil, spoliate (see RAVAGE)

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  • Furnish — Fur nish (f[^u]r n[i^]sh), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Furnished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Furnishing}.] [OF. furnir, fornir, to furnish, finish, F. fournir; akin to Pr. formir, furmir, fromir, to accomplish, satisfy, fr. OHG. frumjan to further, execute, do,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • furnish — fur‧nish [ˈfɜːnɪʆ ǁ ˈfɜːr ] verb [transitive] 1. to provide or supply something: • Each company is required to furnish details of its market position to the Bank of England at the close of business each day. • The company entered into a hire… …   Financial and business terms

  • furnish — [fʉr′nish] vt. [ME furnishen < extended stem of OFr furnir (Fr fournir) < Frank * frumjan (akin to OE framian, Ger frommen, to benefit), caus. < * fruma (akin to ON frami, profit): for IE base see FROM] 1. to supply, provide, or equip… …   English World dictionary

  • furnish — I verb accommodate, accouter, afford, appoint, apportion, arm, bestow, contribute, enable, endow, endue, equip, fit out, gear, give, grant, indulge, instruere, lavish, outfit, praebere, present, produce, provide, provision, purvey, rig, stock,… …   Law dictionary

  • furnish — mid 15c., from M.Fr. furniss , prp. stem of furnir furnish, accomplish, from O.Fr. fornir (12c.), from V.L. *fornire, alteration of *fromire, from W.Gmc. *frumjan forward movement, advancement (Cf. O.H.G. frumjan to do, execute, provide ), from P …   Etymology dictionary

  • furnish — [v1] decorate, supply accoutre, apparel, appoint, arm, array, clothe, endow, equip, feather a nest*, fit, fit out*, fix up*, gear, line a nest*, make habitable, outfit, provide, provision, purvey, rig, stock, store, turn out; concepts 140,177,182 …   New thesaurus

  • furnish — ► VERB 1) provide (a room or building) with furniture and fittings. 2) (furnish with) supply with (equipment or information). 3) be a source of; provide. DERIVATIVES furnished adjective furnisher noun. ORIGIN …   English terms dictionary

  • Furnish — Fur nish, n. That which is furnished as a specimen; a sample; a supply. [Obs.] Greene. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • furnish — v. 1) to furnish elegantly; luxuriously; plainly; tastefully 2) (D; tr.) ( to provide ) to furnish for (to furnish blankets for the refugees) 3) (D; tr.) ( to provide ) to furnish with (can you furnish us with the necessary information?) 4) (D;… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • furnish — furnisher, n. /ferr nish/, v.t. 1. to supply (a house, room, etc.) with necessary furniture, carpets, appliances, etc. 2. to provide or supply (often fol. by with): The delay furnished me with the time I needed. n. 3. paper pulp and any… …   Universalium


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