fi·​nal | \ ˈfī-nᵊl How to pronounce final (audio) \

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



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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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


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.


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

Ralph Lauren wrote the introduction, while the final chapter was written by Bentley's chairman and CEO and focuses on the future of the brand. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "Bentley's Coffee-Table Book Costs Over $250,000 and Is Covered in Diamonds," 17 May 2019 With the final episode of the star's hit show, Game of Thrones coming to an epic end this Sunday night, let Turner's fierce dramatic liner stand proof that Sansa’s ready for the iron throne. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Sophie Turner's Cool-Girl Makeup Is Straight Out of Winterfell," 15 May 2019 In the meantime, check out what Redditors have to say about the situation and what this could mean for the final episode. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Emilia Clarke’s Photo Wearing a Bald Cap Has Game of Thrones Fans Are Losing It," 13 May 2019 DuVernay decided to devote the series’s final episode to his experience. Alex Bhattacharji, Town & Country, "When They See Us," 8 May 2019 After previously airing Perry's final episode, which included Fred's supportive words to Archie, this week's Riverdale started a storyline that placed the character out of town. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The Newest Episode of “Riverdale” Addressed Fred Andrews’s Future," 2 May 2019 It had not encountered her and her powers until that final episode. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About 'Stranger Things' Season 3," 20 Mar. 2019 Much of season three is on Hulu, with the season’s final three episodes airing on NBC Thursdays in January. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Neil's Recommendations for Color-Correcters Neil's Recommendations for Concealer The final step is using a setting powder or spray so that the makeup won't transfer to your clothes, Neil says. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Do Hickeys Hurt?," 3 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Compare that with a miraculous bicycle-kick goal by Cristiano Ronaldo, sealing victory in a Champions League final. WSJ, "American Sports Can Be Sleepier Than Soccer," 11 July 2018 But Salah came into the tournament in Russia after being injured in the Champions League final. Washington Post, "Love for Salah offers refuge from Egypt’s World Cup exit," 28 June 2018 That is Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who led Liverpool to the Champions League final, scored 43 goals in all competitions and was named Premier League Player of the Year. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "The World Cup arrives, with its galaxy of stars," 13 June 2018 The 2013 squad lost to South River in the state finals, after winning the Class 4A regional crown and beating Churchill in the state semis. Craig Clary,, "Former baseball and football coach Rich Hambor to take over as Catonsville High athletic director," 6 June 2018 But this win in a thrilling match played at the Johan Cruyff Arena on the third anniversary of the Dutch great’s death gives Germany a strong start in qualifying for the Euro 2020 finals. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Schulz grabs late winner as Germany beats Netherlands 3-2," 24 Mar. 2019 England have failed to qualify for the finals on three occasions, in 1974, 1978 and 1994. Nihal Kolur,, "Has England Ever Won the World Cup?," 11 July 2018 Even though the squad included 10 girls, only three qualified for the county finals. Gary Curreri,, "Lady Cougars make history with first middle school track and field title," 24 June 2018 At the start of the film, their team has just won a playoff match and qualified for the next weekend's finals. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "En el Séptimo Día," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of final


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


1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for final


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.


derivative of final entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of final

: the last competition (such as a game or race) or set of competitions in a series
: the examinations that happen at the end of a class, term, or course of study
US : an examination at the end of a class


fi·​nal | \ ˈfī-nᵊl How to pronounce final (audio) \

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



Kids Definition of final (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the last match or game of a tournament
2 : a final examination in a course



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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