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adjective fi·nal \ˈfī-nəl\

Simple Definition of final

  • : happening or coming at the end

  • : happening as a result : happening at the end of a process

  • —used to say that something will not to be changed or done again

Full 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>

fi·nal·ly play \ˈfī-nəl-ē, ˈfīn-lē\ adverb

Examples of final

  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 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>.

Rhymes with final



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

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

  1. He failed his history finals.

  2. He failed his history final.


First Known Use of final


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