Meaning of “refurbish” in the English Dictionary

"refurbish" in British English

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refurbishverb [ T ]

uk /ˌriːˈfɜː.bɪʃ/ us /ˌriːˈfɝː.bɪʃ/ formal

to make a building look new again by doing work such as painting, repairing, and cleaning:

The developers refurbished the house inside and out.
adjective [ before noun ] uk /ˌriːˈfɜː.bɪʃt/ us /ˌriːˈfɝː.bɪʃt/

(Definition of “refurbish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"refurbish" in American English

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refurbishverb [ T ]

us /rɪˈfɜr·bɪʃ/

to make a room or building look fresh and new again:

You’ve refurbished the kitchen.

(Definition of “refurbish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"refurbish" in Business English

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refurbishverb [ T ]

uk /ˌriːˈfɜːbɪʃ/ us

PROPERTY to improve a building or store by cleaning and decorating it, adding new furniture, equipment, etc.:

The company's Edinburgh outlet was refurbished and expanded last year.

IT to repair and clean equipment so that its condition is like new:

The company, which refurbishes computers, printers, and cell phones, has continued to see growth throughout 2010.
adjective [ before noun ] /ˌriːˈfɜːbɪʃt/

a refurbished building/computer/store

(Definition of “refurbish” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)