refurbish

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1605, from re- +‎ furbish, from Middle English furbishen, from Old 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).

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refurbish ‎(third-person singular simple present refurbishes, present participle refurbishing, simple past and past participle refurbished)

  1. To rebuild or replenish with all new material; to restore to original (or better) working order and appearance.

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