From Middle English furnysshen, from Old French, stem of certain parts of furnir, fornir (Modern French fournir), from Germanic, from Frankish *frumjan ("to complete, execute"), from Proto-Germanic *frumjaną ("to further, promote"), from Proto-Indo-European *promo- ("front, forward"). Cognate with Old High German frumjan ("to perform, provide"), Old High German fruma ("utility, gain"), Old English fremu ("profit, advantage"), Old English fremian ("to promote, perform"). More at frame, frim.
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