fin·​ished | \ ˈfi-nisht \

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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Though prices of raw materials and unfinished products edged down 0.1% last month, finished products climbed 0.6%, slowing a tick from December’s 0.7% growth, said Dong Yaxiu, an analyst with the statistics bureau, in a statement. WSJ, "China’s Muted Inflation Likely to Spur Policy Easing," 15 Feb. 2019 The finished dish has a bright, beautiful presentation that suits the season and the wines especially. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 2018 Humans prep the ingredients, and humans garnish the finished dishes. Devra First,, "Robots made me lunch. I enjoyed it. Is that so wrong?," 8 May 2018 No phones at the table, postings of finished dishes on social media or televisions on in the background. Terri Milligan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Thanks, Mom: Readers share food legacy their mothers left them," 8 May 2018 This will keep any grit and sand out of your finished dish. Natalie B. Compton, GQ, "Mussels Are the Easiest Fancy Food You Can Make Yourself Tonight," 28 Feb. 2018 Just be sure to taste before adding more salt to the finished dish. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "This 20-minute lemony shrimp dish is the weeknight hero you’ve been waiting for," 19 Feb. 2018 Those little browned bits add an intense depth and richness to the braising liquid, making the finished dish even more flavorful. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "How to Braise Meat without a Recipe (Seriously!)," 19 Feb. 2018 Component makers, for example, could sell primarily to Chinese manufacturers, which then sell finished products around the globe, not just to Chinese consumers. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Apple Rattled Markets With Warning About China. Who’s Next?," 14 Jan. 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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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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