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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Emery is still finding his feet and the Gunners are far from the finished product. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Arsenal Is Stunning the Premier League by...Not Being Awful," 5 Nov. 2018 And though Meghan wore the dress—and worked closely with Claire Waight Keller to design it—the Duchess is still in awe of the finished product. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle's Something Blue on Her Wedding Day Was a Tribute to Her First Date with Prince Harry," 23 Sep. 2018 And Memorial Stadium, while finished with baseball after the Baysox left, wasn’t quite dead yet. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Twenty-five years ago, Memorial Stadium enjoyed the start of one last fling with professional baseball — with the Bowie Baysox," 27 Mar. 2018 Another former Kansas player, Elijah Jackson, was listed as receiving a $15,020 loan from ASM Sports Agency in 2015, which would have been after he was finished playing at Kansas. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Kansas coach Bill Self appears unconcerned about payment allegations in FBI investigation," 24 Feb. 2018 Kevin Knox hit each of his four shots from deep and finished with 19 points, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 16 points, six assists and four rebounds in the win. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Takeaways: Kentucky basketball ends two-game skid with win against Mississippi State," 23 Jan. 2018 Still, Madonna wasn't even halfway finished with her top 10 collection. Trevor Anderson, Billboard, "Rewinding the Charts: In 1984, Madonna First Crossed The Top 10 'Borderline'," 16 June 2015 Neutral Aquazarra shoes ground the effect, paired with an oversized tote and finished with playful Westward Leaning sunglasses. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Two for One," 21 July 2014 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

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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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