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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Samsung’s disclosure Friday illustrates the troubles that an escalating series of trade fights is wreaking on the global economy, particularly for huge companies that sell finished products as well as components around the world., "Jay-Z’s group sues NY company; Samsung’s woes; Deliveroo deal challenged," 5 July 2019 To this end, a subsidiary of the company has worked out how to extract birth-control and growth hormones from human and animal faeces respectively, to avoid these getting into the finished product. The Economist, "Beetles and flies are becoming part of the agricultural food chain," 4 July 2019 Not yet the finished product by any stretch of the imagination, a move to the biggest Premier League sides might not be realistic just yet for the Egyptian., "Turkish Super Lig: 6 Players Who Could Play in the Premier League & Which Clubs They Would Suit," 27 June 2019 The finished product is an almost spongy material that looks a little like compacted dryer lint with flecks of plastic and tiny shreds of newsprint intertwined throughout. Dennis Pillion |,, "Montgomery bet $31 million on future of recycling and its ‘magic garbage machine’," 17 June 2019 Despite the controversy, Fox confirmed Wednesday that Singer will be credited as director on the finished film, which is set for release Nov. 2, in the heart of Hollywood’s awards season. Nardine Saad,, "Michael Avenatti and Anthony Scaramucci preview what kind of dynamic TV duo they'd be," 14 June 2018 In the finished film, former students read letters of thanks to Ms. Fletcher as the camera shows her running in the mist. Katherine Rosman, New York Times, "Why Am I Crying All the Time?," 17 May 2018 Apparently the studio reshot and edited scenes from the finished film. San Francisco Chronicle, "Who’s at fault for the father’s speech in ‘Call Me By Your Name?’," 14 Feb. 2018 The finished construction cost per square foot begins at $150 — about average for modular homes. Arielle Paul,, "The beauty and affordability of modular living," 21 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'finished.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of finished

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about finished

Statistics for finished

Last Updated

11 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for finished

The first known use of finished was in 1582

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for finished



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on finished

What made you want to look up finished? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!