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 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

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 One major challenge to manufacturing them today is a global shortage of microchips, which has forced some manufacturers to leave almost-finished units sitting in warehouses, waiting for one or two parts to arrive before they can be shipped. Anna Phillips,, 20 June 2022 The 21-year-old finished 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 2 June 2022 The vintage furniture and decor purveyor teamed up with Mejuri to create three limited-edition matte-finished modular art pieces, which also just happen to serve as both the perfect decor and display for your favorite jewelry. Concetta Ciarlo, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Last year’s Ukrainian entry from Go_A finished fifth overall and second among fans. Patrick Caldwell, The New Republic, 13 May 2022 Records show Friedman bought the property in its half-finished state for $15 million in 2019, so the sale brings a profit of $9 million. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Tran, whose competitive weightlifting journey was featured in a recent Naperville Sun story, finished bronze in his weight class for 50- to 54-year-olds at the April 22 National Masters Weightlifting Championships in Salt Lake City. Giles Bruce, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2022 Many of the shelves are empty except for half-finished beer bottles or rotting fruit. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 23 Apr. 2022 Unknown to many, there is a second, half-finished Mriya fuselage. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of finished

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Finished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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