final

adjective
fi·nal | \ˈfī-nᵊl \

Definition of final 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : not to be altered or undone all sales are final

b : of or relating to a concluding court action or proceeding final decree

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

3 : of or relating to the ultimate purpose or result of a process our final goal the final product

final

noun

Definition of final (Entry 2 of 2)

: something that is final: such as

a : a deciding match, game, heat, or trial usually used in plural

b : the last examination in a course often used in plural

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Other Words from final

Adjective

finally \ˈfī-nᵊl-ē, ˈfīn-lē \ adverb

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Adjective

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

Examples of final in a Sentence

Adjective

the final act of the play They won their final four games. in the final minutes of the game Our last stop was Bangkok, but our final destination is Tokyo. The plans are undergoing final review. What was the final score? The final product was not what we had expected.

Noun

He failed his history finals. He failed his history final.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Kate Middleton and new sister-in-law Meghan Markle made their first solo outing together today, taking in the women’s final match at Wimbledon to watch the action between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Make Their First Solo Outing at the Wimbledon’s Women’s Final—In Two Very Different Looks," 14 July 2018 Weeks after the pair’s divorce became final in 1951, Sinatra’s ex-husband married Gardner, while Sinatra went on to raise the couple’s three children: Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina. John Rogers, BostonGlobe.com, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., first wife of Frank Sinatra, dies at 101," 14 July 2018 Right-hander Andres Munoz (0.00) allowed a hit but recorded the final out to record his second save. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Logan Allen, Chris Paddack strong but Missions split double header," 14 July 2018 But the pain of that night’s loss haunts this week’s final, a prodding anxiety that something like that might happen again. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Weeks after the pair's divorce became final in 1951, Sinatra's ex-husband married Gardner, while Sinatra went on to raise the couple's three children: Nancy, Frank Jr. and Tina. CBS News, "Nancy Sinatra Sr., Frank Sinatra's first wife, dead at 101," 14 July 2018 Look for fans and pundits alike to be eyeing another Kerber-Williams singles final in Mason next month. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Angelique Kerber downs Serena Williams at Wimbledon in lead-up to Western & Southern Open," 14 July 2018 My final circuit focuses on high heart rate, core, or competition-specific movements. Laura Schwecherl, SELF, "13 Athletes Share How They Recover After a Tough Workout," 14 July 2018 On Thursday, Serena Williams' remarkable Wimbledon run continued, advancing to play Angelique Kerber in Saturday's women's final. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump visits Queen Elizabeth II, Wimbledon semifinals, Supermoon Solar Eclipse: 5 things to know Friday," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After beating Julia Goerges in the 2018 Wimbledon semi-finals, the tennis champion will go head-to-head with Angelique Kerber. Niki Mcgloster, Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Gabrielle Union Opens Up About Miscarriages and Fertility Issues," 13 July 2018 On July 15th Croatia’s footballers, spurred on to avenge defeat at the hands of France in the World Cup semi-finals in 1998, take on les bleus again in Moscow. The Economist, "Croatia stands on the cusp of World Cup victory," 13 July 2018 Alisson was the rock in goal for Roma last term and led them to the semi finals of the Champions League. SI.com, "Roma Linked With AC Milan Forward Suso as Rossoneri Look to Ease Financial Worries," 13 July 2018 The junior linebacker had a breakout season in 2017, recording at least 11 tackles in each of his final seven games to help the Braves to a 9-5 record and a Class 3A state finals appearance. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "High school football: 10 small-school Indianapolis-area players to watch," 9 July 2018 Bosco and Del Fava got into the act in the 68th minute, a play that all but sealed the Lancers' first WIAA state finals appearance. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA state soccer: Kenosha St. Joseph scores a shutout to earn spot in Division 4 title game," 15 June 2018 Croatia is one of the smallest countries ever to make the World Cup finals. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 The contract called for a $14 million signing bonus, and a $12 million bonus if Fedorov’s team reached the 1998 conference finals — something the Wings were likely to accomplish while the Hurricanes were not. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Should Detroit Red Wings retire Sergei Fedorov's No. 91? It's time.," 12 July 2018 The middle infielder drove in 37 runs and scored 34 times as Keller reached the regional final for the fourth-straight year. Brian Gosset, star-telegram, "Two Fort Worth-area softball stars named MaxPreps Underclassmen All-Americans," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of final

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for final

Adjective

Middle English, "pertaining to an end or conclusion, effecting a close, ultimate, conclusive," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, borrowed from Medieval Latin fīnālis "last, at the end, ultimate," going back to Latin, "of boundaries," from fīnis "boundary, limit, terminal point, ending" (of uncertain origin) + -ālis -al entry 1

Note: According to an older hypothesis, fīnis goes back to *fig-sn-is, a derivative from the base of fīgere "to drive in, insert, fasten" (see fix entry 1), assuming that the word originally referred to some sort of boundary marker fixed to a tree or driven into the ground. A more recent suggestion sees fīnis going back to *bhiH-n-i, a derivative of an Indo-European verbal base *bhei̯H- "strike, break," seen also in an o-grade derivative *bhoi̯H-n-o-, whence Germanic *baina- "bone" and "straight" (in Old Norse beinn "straight"; (see bone entry 1); in this case fīnis would have referred originally to an upright branch or stake used to mark boundaries. Both hypotheses are in the end speculative, as the semantic prehistory of fīnis in Latin is unknown.

Noun

derivative of final entry 1

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final

noun

English Language Learners 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

final

adjective
fi·nal | \ˈfī-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of final

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : coming or happening at the end final exams

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

Other Words from final

finally adverb

final

noun

Kids Definition of final (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the last match or game of a tournament

2 : a final examination in a course

final

adjective
fi·nal

Legal Definition of final 

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 : 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 : being the last in a series, process, or progress a final payment

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