tr.v. fur·nished, fur·nish·ing, fur·nish·es
a. To provide (what is needed or desired): furnished the snacks for the party.
b. To provide furniture for: furnish a room.
c. To provide something necessary or desired to; equip: furnished the students with pens.
2. To have as an available or desirable feature: a courtyard that furnishes a fine view.
[Middle English furnisshen, from Old French fournir, fourniss-, of Germanic origin; see per1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: furnish, equip, outfit, supply
These verbs mean to provide with what is necessary for an activity or a purpose: furnished the team with new uniforms; equip a car with snow tires; had to outfit the children for summer camp; supplied the crew with hardhats.
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