1605, from re- + furbish, from Middle English furbishen, from Middle French furbir (stem furbiss-, “to clean, polish”), 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”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɹiˈfɝbɪʃ/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɹiːˈfɜːbɪʃ/
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- (transitive) To rebuild or replenish with all new material; to restore to original (or better) working order and appearance.