1. To supply with anything necessary, useful, or appropriate; to provide; to equip; to fit out, or fit up; to adorn; as, to furnish a family with provisions; to furnish one with arms for defense; to furnish a Cable; to furnish the mind with ideas; to furnish one with knowledge or principles; to furnish an expedition or enterprise, a room or a house. "That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Tim. Iii. 17,)

2. To offer for use; to provide (something); to give (something); to afford; as, to furnish food to the hungry: to furnish arms for defense. "Ye are they . . . That furnish the drink offering unto that number." (Is. Lxv. 11) "His writings and his life furnish abundant proofs that he was not a man of strong sense." (Macaulay)

Origin: OF. Furnir, fornir, to furnish, finish, F. Fournir; akin to Pr. Formir, furmir, fromir, to accomplish, satisfy, fr. OHG. Frumjan to further, execute, do, akin to E. Frame. See Frame, and -ish.

(01 Mar 1998)

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