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adjective fi·nal \ˈfī-nəl\

Definition of final

  1. 1 a :  not to be altered or undone <all sales are final> b :  of or relating to a concluding court action or proceeding <final decree>

  2. 2 :  coming at the end :  being the last in a series, process, or progress <the final chapter>

  3. 3 :  of or relating to the ultimate purpose or result of a process <our final goal>


play \ˈfī-nəl-ē, ˈfīn-lē\ adverb

Examples of final in a sentence

  1. the final act of the play

  2. They won their final four games.

  3. in the final minutes of the game

  4. Our last stop was Bangkok, but our final destination is Tokyo.

  5. The plans are undergoing final review.

  6. What was the final score?

  7. The final product was not what we had expected.

Origin and Etymology of final

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin finalis, from finis boundary, end

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of final

last, final, terminal, ultimate mean following all others (as in time, order, or importance). last applies to something that comes at the end of a series but does not always imply that the series is completed or stopped <last page of a book> <last news we had of him>. final applies to that which definitely closes a series, process, or progress <final day of school>. terminal may indicate a limit of extension, growth, or development <terminal phase of a disease>. ultimate implies the last degree or stage of a long process beyond which further progress or change is impossible <the ultimate collapse of the system>.



noun fi·nal

Simple Definition of final

  • : the last competition (such as a game or race) or set of competitions in a series

  • finals : the examinations that happen at the end of a class, term, or course of study

  • : an examination at the end of a class

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of final

  1. :  something that is final: as a :  a deciding match, game, heat, or trial —usually used in plural b :  the last examination in a course —often used in plural

Examples of final in a sentence

  1. He failed his history finals.

  2. He failed his history final.


First Known Use of final


FINAL Defined for Kids



adjective fi·nal \ˈfī-nəl\

Definition of final for Students

  1. 1 :  coming or happening at the end <final exams>

  2. 2 :  not to be changed <The decision of the judges is final.>



Word Root of final

The Latin word finis, meaning “end” or “boundary,” gives us the root fin. Words from the Latin finis have something to do with ends or limits. Something final, such as the last chapter in a book, is the ending one. To confine is to put limits or boundaries around something. To finish something is to come to its end. Something finite has limits and happens only for a certain amount of time or in a certain space before it ends.



noun fi·nal

Definition of final for Students

  1. 1 :  the last match or game of a tournament

  2. 2 :  a final examination in a course

Law Dictionary


adjective fi·nal

Legal Definition of final

  1. 1 :  ending a court action or proceeding leaving nothing further to be determined by the court or to be done except execution of the judgment but not precluding appeal —used of an order, decision, judgment, decree, determination, or sentence — see also finality, final judgment rule — compare interlocutory

  2. 2 :  being a decision that precludes the right to appeal or to continue a case in any other court upon the merits: as a :  being a decision for which availability of appeal has been exhausted and concerning which a writ of certiorari has been denied or the time to petition for certiorari has expired b :  being a decision of the Supreme Court of the U.S. that terminates the litigation between parties on the merits and leaves nothing for the lower court to do in case of an affirmance except to execute the judgment

  3. 3 :  being the last in a series, process, or progress <a final payment>

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