fin·​ished ˈfi-nisht How to pronounce finished (audio)
: 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]
: provided with a finish : having a final treatment or coating on the surface
a shop that sells finished oak furniture
finished wood flooring
: 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 From models of the London or Paris skylines to famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Taj Mahal, the finished block sets make stunning and thoughtful gifts for any jet-setter. Kathleen Felton, Travel + Leisure, 8 Feb. 2024 Time Lapse: Time lapse is the opposite of slow motion, capturing video at a very slow frame rate—so the finished video can show a sunset or something being constructed in a short space of time. David Nield, Popular Science, 7 Feb. 2024 Top the finished Easter dinner side dish with crisp prosciutto, Gruyere cheese, and toasted walnuts. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 7 Feb. 2024 The wait for finished alterations: 4-6 weeks and worth it. Jane Herman, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 Dillon first pitched the finished song to George Strait — who declined. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 The finished Ingenuity helicopter on Mars, however, had a solar panel and a battery to power it up (despite the panel getting a little dusty from the planet’s famous red dirt). Roger Catlin, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Feb. 2024 The nearly 8,000-square-foot mansion also boasts a finished basement level; a lounge/entertainment center with a snazzy wet bar await downstairs. James McClain, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2024 Other thoughtful conveniences include a mud bench at the garage door and a unique finished play space with Dutch door. Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of finished was in 1582

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“Finished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2024.

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