final

adjective
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

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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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

Musical artists and audience members alike returned to the Indio, California festival on Friday, April 19 for the second and final weekend of Coachella, and there were certainly some looks to remember. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kacey Musgraves, Tierra Whack, and More Coachella 2019 Weekend 2 Best Celebrity Looks," 21 Apr. 2019 That Tuesday, the show had been locked, all changes final, no more rewrites allowed for Mitchell, the songwriter who, yes, has been rewriting since 2006 this musical about a songwriter who can’t finish his song. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 Microsoft has been working with anti-cheat software vendors like BattlEye to correct the issue before the May 2019 Update’s final release. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed," 19 Apr. 2019 The seventh and final photograph was a repost from Romeo of him and Harper in the kitchen with their mother. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Victoria Beckham's 45th Birthday Party Was a Chic Family Affair and I'm Sad I Wasn't Invited," 19 Apr. 2019 The final day meant drinking my last cup of Earl Gray tea — ever. Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "I Ate Like Queen Elizabeth For a Week, and It Was a Royal Pain," 18 Apr. 2019 During the final stages of the Battle Rounds, the audience called out the show for doing exactly that. Megan Stein, Country Living, "‘The Voice’ Fans Have a Crazy Theory About the Country Contestants. But Are They Right?," 13 Apr. 2019 Sunday is coming, and with it, the final season of Game of Thrones. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This NYC Hotel's Game of Thrones Suite Is Fit for the Ruler of the Seven Kingdoms," 10 Apr. 2019 The sun spends its very last day in your sign on Friday, April 19, pushing you to write the final sentence in a personal chapter. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April's Aries Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That's good news for Jennifer, who made it to the U.S. finals by championing 14-year-old Kennedy Holmes. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Here's Why Jennifer Hudson Isn't Coming Back for 'The Voice' Season 16," 31 Dec. 2018 As Londoner Rupert Wilson explains, the song was at first a joke because fans had no hopes of getting to the World Cup finals. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "What it's like living through England's devastating World Cup loss at a British pub," 11 July 2018 James will always be beloved, after returning to his home town, bringing the Cavs to the finals four years in a row and earning Cleveland its first championship in 52 years in 2016. SFChronicle.com, "If LeBron James goes to Lakers, he’ll battle Warriors for West — and California," 30 June 2018 Colton also teased a bit of the content in the next (and likely final) episode until After the Final Rose. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "'The Bachelor' Star Colton Underwood on How Rejected He Felt When Cassie Left," 5 Mar. 2019 Djokovic and Nadal have met in eight Grand Slam finals. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic Rolls to Australian Open Title," 27 Jan. 2019 Williams missed four straight major tournaments because of her pregnancy and the 2017 birth of her daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. Despite her age and a difficult recovery, Williams reached finals at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Serena Williams Stumbles in Stunning Loss at the Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2019 The Broncos were on their way to Game 5 of the semi-finals against the Nipawin Hawks. Fox News, "Crash of hockey team's bus leaves at least 15 dead, town devastated," 2 Oct. 2018 On Wednesday night, the English soccer team was beaten by Croatia in the semi-finals of the World Cup. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Very British Protest," 13 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
: the examinations that happen at the end of a class, term, or course of study
US : an examination at the end of a class

final

adjective
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

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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