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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Details: Five bedrooms, four baths, sunroom, finished basement, five-car garage, water access with dock, 6,000 square feet on 1.4 wooded acres. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: Treehouse on the water can be yours for $835,000," 15 June 2018 The finished pukao are noticeably smaller than the rough cylinders found abandoned at the Puna Pao quarry or along the way to the ahu, and there are chips of red scoria around the bases of some of the hat-wearing statues. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How does a preindustrial society put a 13-ton hat on a statue?," 5 June 2018 The South Korean captain has just finished playing at the World Cup where his South Korea team managed to knock Germany out in the group stages for the first time ever., "Newcastle Fans Slam Midfielder's Apparent Decision to Leave St. James' Park," 6 July 2018 Late night isn't quite finished discussing James Comey just yet. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah unpack 'infuriating' details in James Comey report," 15 June 2018 In another northern desert city, Lanzhou, the drive from the new district’s airport to downtown takes at least an hour, past rows of hollow apartments and a half-finished theme park with a full-size replica of Egypt’s Sphinx. Dominique Fong, WSJ, "China’s Ghost Towns Haunt Its Economy," 15 June 2018 Aurorans need no further proof than the just-finished month that May is the most volatile time, temperature-wise, in the city. Steve Lord, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora property maintenance code changes head to council vote," 7 June 2018 The Portland Housing Bureau plans to buy a nearly-finished apartment complex in East Portland to operate as public housing for low-income renters. Elliot Njus,, "Portland to buy new apartment building using housing bond funds," 5 June 2018 Tori shared her finished project to both Twitter and Instagram, and the side-by-side pictures are seriously impressive. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Fan Recreates Tom Holland's GQ Photoshoot in Viral Instagram," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of finished

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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finished basement/attic

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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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