conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting).
the service concluded with a blessing
finish may stress completion of a final step in a process.
after it is painted, the house will be finished
complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken.
the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement
terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space.
your employment terminates after three months
Examples of finish in a Sentence
You can't watch TV until you finish your homework.
He started his homework two hours ago and he still hasn't finished.
They hope to finish their new home by winter.
They're building a new home and they hope to finish by winter.
The chairman finished the meeting at noon.
The meeting finished on a positive note. Noun
a suspense film with a perfect surprise finish
The table had a shiny finish.
I need to put one more coat of finish on the chair. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The first batch of Jack Daniel’s American single malt was finished for a full three years in Oloroso sherry casks, really more of a secondary maturation.—Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Not 50 meters upstream, another group, having finished their rites, are bathing in the filthy water.—Oliver Franklin-Wallis, WIRED, 30 Nov. 2023 Given features and finishes fit for a condo, prices range to more than $24,000 for a four-bedroom residence at this rental developed by Global Holdings and designed by INC.—Jeffrey Steele, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The weekend’s big surprise was that Ridley Scott’s behemoth Napoleon finished in second place, pulling in $32 million (+32 points) despite having fewer screenings than its competitors owing to its 158-minute run time.—Joe Reid, Vulture, 29 Nov. 2023 The bill mentioned in the statement would aim to support jobs in the city as the Pueblo Chemical Depot, a chemical weapons storage site, finishes its closure process.—Nancy Vu, Washington Examiner, 29 Nov. 2023 Prisoners who didn’t escape were shot upon finishing their gruesome work.—Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 The couple finished the New York City Marathon together in early November after months of training.—Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 29 Nov. 2023 Her career seems finished until she’s contacted by a TV producer who thinks that cancellation is about to become the next cool thing.—Sam Sacks, WSJ, 29 Nov. 2023
For the grand finish, Sarah Jessica Parker makes a guest appearance!—Shay Spence, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 To mimic the exact finish, go for her palette of choice, Tom Ford’s Eyeshadow Quad in Desert Fox.—Georgia Day, Glamour, 22 Nov. 2023 The photos accompanying the listing make clear the car has some dings, but the finish looks to be in remarkably good condition, owing, in no small part, to having spent the last 42 years sheltered from the elements.—Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 The former finishes as the No. 2 title on the year-end Billboard 200 Albums recap.—Keith Caulfield, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2023 Its formula with honey nectar ensures a velvety-smooth finish every time.—Kathy Barr, Rolling Stone, 21 Nov. 2023 The pan is made from a heavy-gauge aluminum that is PFOA-free with a satin exterior finish.—Michelle Love, Better Homes & Gardens, 20 Nov. 2023 The luxurious satin finish catches the light with every step, making these pants perfect for toasting to the New Year or owning the dance floor at the company party.—Mia Meltzer, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 Other movies and shows will restart shooting once returning writers finish scripts.—Andrew Dalton and Krysta Fauria, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English finisshen, borrowed from Anglo-French finiss-, stem of finir, going back to Latlin fīnīre "to mark out the boundaries, limit, put an end to, bring to a close," derivative of fīnis "boundary, limit, ending" — more at final entry 1