furbish

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From Middle English furbishen, from Old French furbir (stem furbiss-, to clean, polish), of Germanic origin, from Frankish furbjan (to clean, polish), from Proto-Germanic *furbijaną (to clean), from Proto-Indo-European *prep- (to appear). Cognate with Old High German furben (to clean, cleanse, purge, sweep).

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furbish (third-person singular simple present furbishes, present participle furbishing, simple past and past participle furbished)

  1. To polish or burnish.
  2. To renovate or recondition.

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