• WordNet 3.6
    • v refurbish make brighter and prettier "we refurbished the guest wing","My wife wants us to renovate"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Refurbish To furbish anew.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • refurbish To furbish anew; polish up.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Refurbish rē-fur′bish to furbish again: to polish.
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In literature:

It often strikes me that Dr. Robin MacRae's mental attitude would also be the better for some slight refurbishing.
"Dear Enemy" by Jean Webster
In the faint moonlight poor Hubert's rooms, with their refurbished furnishings covered with white linen, looked cold and almost terrifying.
"Long Live the King" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Where the artist, which he claimed to be, really appeared, was in the refurbishing of Rome.
"Imperial Purple" by Edgar Saltus
He brought this out, refurbished it, and applied it to Jane.
"The Descent of Man and Other Stories" by Edith Wharton
It was Josie Fifer's duty not only to tabulate and care for these relics, but to refurbish them when necessary.
"Cheerful--By Request" by Edna Ferber
When new clothes were bought, or old ones refurbished, Madam Liberality, as a rule, went to the wall.
"A Great Emergency and Other Tales" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
All but the shades must be refurbished.
"A Certain Rich Man" by William Allen White
He even went back to the Dream and refurbished it a bit.
"Winner Take All" by Larry Evans
He refurbished his arms, rubbed up his strategy, laid down his lines of defence.
"The Tragic Muse" by Henry James
He was a newly refurbished Boake Valkanhayn, too.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper

In news:

One outdoor fixture will be spending the winter indoors, as it dries in preparation for refurbishing next year.
Kathy Thomas works to refurbish the Sprouts Room at the Brattleboro Food Co-op.
The statue is undergoing refurbishment and will be unveiled when the school reopens in January.
Refurbished models from are ideal for enthusiasts looking for home theater PC solutions.
Along with the renewed ball diamond, fencing and a refurbished concession stand, the former 1908 Depot building was relocated to the park.
Zachary Lambert, of Troop 81, guided the move and refurbishing of a dragline bucket for the Miners Hall Museum in Franklin with help from the National Guard on Tuesday.
It would appear that Billy's Better Bunkers is a wave that is sweeping golfing communities, at least those that can afford to refurbish their bunkers in these difficult economic times.
Nine to 5 Mac reports that Apple is operating an outlet for refurbished products on the e-commerce website.
The Chinatown Park has reopened to the public after undergoing a six-month refurbishment.
Refurbished Vietnam-era chopper dedicated in SC.
The Historic Marker for the Courthouse Park on 1st St in Corning gets hung back up after Grace Clark refurbished it.
The State Theatre's refurbished marquee was lifted into place Tuesday.
Cruise line ships usually go no more than three years between refurbishments, which can mean anything from new bedding to structural or even engine changes.
Carnival's 2.0 refurbishment and enhancement of its entire fleet costs, according to cruise-line officials, $500 million - still less than building a new ship.
I have a refurbished Powermatic 10-inch table saw on an open stand.

In science:

Following the refurbishment of the HST, the two groups combined their efforts in the MORPHS collaboration (Smail et al. 1997).
At the Vigintennial of the Butcher-Oemler Effect
It was decided to relocate Telescope 1 instead of Telescope 4 to allow for the refurbishment of the oldest telescope in the array which was originally installed at the FLWO as a prototype in 2002.
VERITAS Telescope 1 Relocation: Details and Improvements
It recently completed a major refurbishment, and supports around 60 personnel over-wintering and ∼ 250 in the summer months.
Astronomy in Antarctica
Five transits of HD 189733 were observed with STIS on the refurbished HST in two contexts, at low resolution from the present programme, and at medium resolution around the sodium doublet (GO-11111).
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
Dressler et al. (1994b) present post-refurbished HST images of this cluster and re-classify the galaxies, but they do not give their morphological estimates.
The morphological segregation of galaxies in clusters. III. The distant cluster Cl0939+4713 (Abell 851)