Definition of refurbish in English:



  • Renovate and redecorate (something, especially a building):

    ‘the premises have been completely refurbished in our corporate style’
    • ‘Members of the public crammed into Bentham Town Hall to voice their concerns about a proposal to refurbish the building.’
    • ‘There has been little investment in the town hall by the district council over the past five years because its intention has always been to completely refurbish the building.’
    • ‘The developer will also refurbish the Castle Place shopping precinct, improving lighting, CCTV, and disabled access.’
    • ‘But last week it was confirmed Blackburn with Darwen Council would build a new club house or refurbish a suitable building on land in an an area nearby, at no cost to members.’
    • ‘The Catacombs Project plans to refurbish the disused buildings under the church, which is a protected structure.’
    • ‘Aurora said that the agency would proceed with the plan to refurbish the heritage building so that it was well-integrated with its neighborhood.’
    • ‘When he saw the state of the orphanage he vowed to return with enough funding to rebuild it and refurbish the facilities inside.’
    • ‘Mrs Marsh said the Met's property services department is carrying out a cost assessment of refurbishing the building in Burlington Road, as well as reviewing ongoing costs.’
    • ‘St Anne's Convent School now plans to refurbish its facilities, improve staffing levels and build a new science block.’
    • ‘A company had been set up to manage council homes in the area and cash had already been earmarked to renovate and refurbish homes in West Leeds, including the Fairfield estate.’
    • ‘The majority of those killed were teenagers celebrating at the disco and building workers refurbishing the supermarket.’
    • ‘The move comes after planners refused two applications from the Police Authority to reclad the tower and refurbish the surrounding buildings.’
    • ‘The plan is part of the council's sheltered housing strategy, which includes refurbishing the building and other sheltered housing schemes across the borough.’
    • ‘The city council has refurbished a building opposite Sainsbury for extra offices.’
    • ‘She said work would now begin to refurbish the building for new tenants, but officers feared a substantial amount of renovation might be necessary.’
    • ‘Soon, developers started taking notice, refurbishing the old buildings and transforming them into expensive shops and condos.’
    • ‘Volunteer your family's time by helping out at a children's hospital or homeless shelter or building or refurbishing housing for people in need.’
    • ‘If they undertake to refurbish the building, they can rebuild the Odeon's dented reputation.’
    • ‘It was estimated that refurbishing the building to meet modern office standards would cost the council up to £13m.’
    • ‘Mr Ryan said the €28m funding was to help upgrade and refurbish buildings and facilities used by young people.’
    renovate, recondition, rehabilitate, revamp, make over, overhaul, restore, renew, develop, redevelop, rebuild, reconstruct, remodel
    redecorate, brighten up, freshen up, spruce up
    improve, upgrade, refit, fix up, re-equip
    modernize, update, bring up to date, bring into the twenty-first century
    bring up to code
    do up
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