fin·​ished | \ ˈfi-nisht How to pronounce finished (audio) \

Definition of finished

1 : entirely done Are you finished yet? : brought to a completed state reviewing a finished manuscript a finished job To keep a finished drawing from being smeared or soiled, spray it with a fixative.Reader's Digest Crafts & Hobbies Converting inputs into finished goods and services is the essential function of every economic organization.— Michael Rothschild a house with a finished basement/attic [=a basement/attic that that has floors, ceilings, and walls like the rooms in the main part of the house]
2 : provided with a finish : having a final treatment or coating on the surface a shop that sells finished oak furniture finished wood flooring
3 : marked by the highest quality : consummate finished workmanship

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Examples of finished in a Sentence

He started his homework two hours ago and he still isn't finished. I'll wait here until you're finished. The job is finally finished. We were pleased with the finished product. We're finished! I never want to see you again! She says she's finished with that guy. This scandal means that his career is finished.
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Recent Examples on the Web The home has two lower levels, including a finished basement underneath the addition with a large rec room and full bathroom. cleveland, "1860 farmhouse with extensive reno in Portage Co. asks half a million: House of the Week," 1 May 2020 Spot prices for steel rebar have tumbled to the lowest since 2017, while inventories surged to the highest in almost two years as mills struggle to dispatch finished products amid transport problems., "China Keeps Churning Out Steel That No One Wants to Buy," 5 May 2020 The finished product is a blissful addition to any yard, a shady place to sit and read, eat and drink with friends, or zone out on a summer day. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "Build a Backyard Oasis With This DIY Pergola," 2 May 2020 Callie Caplan: No one is a finished product at 21 years old -- not even All-Star basketball players. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, "Mavericks roundtable: Just how much higher can Luka Doncic elevate his game?," 1 May 2020 The adults seem to value the final finished project. Abha Bhattarai, Washington Post, "Lego sets its sights on a growing market: Stressed-out adults," 16 Jan. 2020 The finished project includes a new pair of multiuse synthetic turf fields, a new playground area to replace the one built in 1994, and new benches and landscaping. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Newly renovated Sylvan Fields reopen off Maryland Avenue in St. Paul," 26 Nov. 2019 Antlers in velvet are not allowed unless part of a finished taxidermy project. al, "This ‘zombie’ disease could kill Alabama’s $1.8 billion deer hunting industry," 21 Nov. 2019 On her computer, Kwade develops models of the finished project, virtually inspecting it from every angle. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "Alicja Kwade’s Installation at the Hirshhorn Invites Viewers to Question the World as We Know It," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of finished

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of finished was in 1582

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29 May 2020

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“Finished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of finished

: having reached the end of an activity, job, etc.
: not requiring more work : entirely done or completed
: having reached the end of a romantic relationship

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