October 13, 2011
furnish (verb)
\FER-nish\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to provide with what is needed; especially : to provide with furniture2 : to supply or give to someone or something
How do you use it?
Our guide furnished each of us with a notebook and a pair of binoculars before we set off for an afternoon of bird-watching.
Are you a word wiz?

Could you furnish us with an answer to today's quiz? Which word do you think is a synonym of "furnish"?

"Furnish," "equip," "outfit," and "appoint" mean to supply someone or something with what is needed. "Furnish" implies providing any or all essentials for performing a function, as in "The room was sparsely furnished." "Equip" suggests supplying all the necessary materials or equipment for a service or action, as in "Equipped with a hoe and a shovel, I headed for the garden." "Outfit" implies provision of a complete list or set of articles needed for a journey, an expedition, or a special activity, as in "The family was outfitted for a ski trip." "Appoint" implies the provision of complete and usually elegant or elaborate equipment or furnishings, as in "They stayed at a lavishly appointed hotel."
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