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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The finished product emerges from the broiler a nice shade of gold, gently crisp and slightly sassy. Washington Post, "Get your Maryland crab fix at the Point Crab House, along with ace service and a water view," 14 May 2021 The finished product must remain a Porsche at heart and comply with Porsche's quality standards. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Porsche Classic Will Now Build Custom One-Off Dream Cars," 11 May 2021 The finished product is expected to be unveiled in 2022., "Rob Gronkowski returns to Boston, donates $1.2 million for playground renovation," 7 May 2021 What other novel, unintended proteins or byproducts will be present in the finished product? Errol Schweizer, Forbes, "What Questions Should We Be Asking About Cell-Based Meats?," 6 May 2021 Producers aren’t just there to make sure the finished product sounds good but also to act as a content manager: shaping the story, coordinating guests, assembling tape, and so on. Becca James, Vulture, "16 Podcasters on the Hardest Episodes They Have Ever Produced," 5 May 2021 This set has a 4.9-star rating from more than 3,400 Amazon shoppers, with many fans complimenting how challenging this build was and admiring the detail on the finished product. Nishka Dhawan, USA TODAY, "Star Wars Day 2021: 6 deals to shop on Star Wars products for May the 4th," 4 May 2021 Soak the finished product in mineral oil for half an hour. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Ultimate Guide to Building (and Restoring) a Butcher Block," 1 May 2021 But the poultry industry’s problems run much deeper than a shortage of the finished product. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "America is running low on chicken. Blame COVID-19, a sandwich craze and huge appetite for wings.," 30 Apr. 2021

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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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18 May 2021

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“Finished.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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