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refurbish (verb):

: to brighten or freshen up : renovate

Source : Merriam -Webster

Etymology : As seems proper given how English prefixes work, before you could refurbish something you could furbish it. That shorter word was borrowed into Middle English in the 14th century from Anglo-French as furbisshen; it shares a distant relative with the Old High German verb furben, meaning “to polish.” In its earliest uses furbish also meant “to polish,” but it developed an extended sense of “to renovate” shortly before English speakers created refurbish with the same meaning in the 17th century. These days refurbish is the more common of the two words, although furbish does continue to be used.

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