finish

verb
fin·​ish | \ ˈfi-nish How to pronounce finish (audio) \
finished; finishing; finishes

Definition of finish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to come to an end : terminate The meeting finished at noon.
2a : to come to the end of a course, task, or undertaking I shall finish with a Chopin nocturne— Lillian Hellman
b : to end relations used with with decided to finish with him for good
3 : to end a competition in a specified manner or position finished third in the race

transitive verb

1a : to bring to an end : terminate finished the speech and sat down
b : to use or dispose of entirely her sandwich finished the loaf
2a : to bring to completion or issue hope to finish their new home before winter
b : to provide with a finish especially : to put a final coat or surface on finish a table with varnish
3a : to defeat or ruin utterly and finally the scandal finished his career
b : to bring about the death of usually used with off The gladiator finished off his opponent.

finish

noun

Definition of finish (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that completes or perfects: such as
a : the fine or decorative work required for a building or one of its parts
b : a finishing material used in painting
c : the final treatment or coating of a surface
d : the taste in the mouth after swallowing a beverage (such as wine)
2a : final stage : end
b : the cause of one's ruin
3 : the result or product of a finishing process a glossy finish
4 : the quality or state of being perfected

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Other Words from finish

Verb

finisher noun

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Verb

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

Examples of finish in a Sentence

Verb

You can't watch TV until you finish your homework. He started his homework two hours ago and he still hasn't finished. They hope to finish their new home by winter. They're building a new home and they hope to finish by winter. The chairman finished the meeting at noon. The meeting finished on a positive note.

Noun

a suspense film with a perfect surprise finish The table had a shiny finish. I need to put one more coat of finish on the chair.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In coach Steve Addazio’s six seasons, BC has finished with seven wins in all but one, a three-win season. Nick Kelly, BostonGlobe.com, "BC football has goal: Win more than 7 games," 2 Aug. 2019 Middlesborough finished seventh in the Championship last season, but Jonathan Woodgate will be hoping his side can go one better this time round. SI.com, "This Weekend's 5 Must-Watch Games as Competitive Top-Level Football Returns," 2 Aug. 2019 The grand scheme finished under-budget and earlier than many expected. The Economist, "The last man to have built Mount Rushmore," 1 Aug. 2019 Both had just finished a first year at different community colleges in Southern California. Washington Post, "Italy: Slain police officer didn’t have gun when stabbed," 31 July 2019 Both had just finished a first year at different community colleges in Southern California. Fox News, "American teen 'distraught' over death of Italian police officer, did not know friend was armed, father says," 31 July 2019 Oregon State has finished its 2023 non-conference football schedule, adding a home game against UC Davis on Sept. 9. oregonlive.com, "Oregon State adds UC Davis to its 2023 non-conference football schedule," 31 July 2019 Harwood International is just finishing construction on its newest high-rise in the Uptown area, the 22-story Harwood No. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Developer Harwood adds to its holdings north of downtown Dallas," 29 July 2019 According to the Rapid City Journal, administrators in Rapid City have already finished stenciling the motto on to the walls of its 23 public schools, costing a total of $2,800 — apparently the most affordable option. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "South Dakota will require "In God We Trust" signs in all public schools," 26 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sounds a lot like Facebook’s Libra plan. Sprinting to the finish. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why ‘Fitness Tech’ Is Working Out—Data Sheet," 2 Aug. 2019 Just in time for what should be a wild three-team race to the finish. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB power rankings: Cardinals bash way to top of NL Central," 29 July 2019 The setting sun turned the avenue golden as Bernal and the pack sped on its cobblestones to the finish, where Bernal fell into the arms of his family. Author: John Leicester And Samual Petrequin, Anchorage Daily News, "Egan Bernal wins Tour de France," 28 July 2019 Team owner Chip Ganassi gave the go-ahead for the two to race to the finish. cleveland.com, "Scott Dixon races to sixth IndyCar victory at Mid-Ohio, gets back into title contention," 28 July 2019 The setting sun turned the avenue golden as Bernal and the pack sped on its cobblestones to the finish, where Bernal fell into the arms of his family. New York Times, "Egan Bernal Finishes Off Tour de France Victory," 28 July 2019 Alaphilippe caught him again on the downhill to the finish. John Leicester, BostonGlobe.com, "Julian Alaphilippe retains lead after tough alpine stage," 25 July 2019 After a plethora of passes for the lead over a minimal amount of time, the checkered flag flew on the Whelen All-Star Shootout with a three-wide battle coming to the finish. Shawn Courchesne, courant.com, "Three-wide finish highlights Whelen Shootout," 20 July 2019 That led to the finish, as Big E and Woods hit the Midnight Hour on Bryan for the win. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "Takeaways: Don't Overlook WWE’s Extreme Rules After Loaded Week of Wrestling," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of finish

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1779, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for finish

Verb

Middle English finisshen, borrowed from Anglo-French finiss-, stem of finir, going back to Latlin fīnīre "to mark out the boundaries, limit, put an end to, bring to a close," derivative of fīnis "boundary, limit, ending" — more at final entry 1

Noun

derivative of finish entry 1

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finish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of finish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to reach the end of (something) : to stop doing (something) because it is completed
: to be done with building or creating (something)
: to cause something to end or stop : to reach the end of something

finish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of finish (Entry 2 of 2)

: the last part of something
: the final coating on a surface or the appearance produced by such a coating

finish

verb
fin·​ish | \ ˈfi-nish How to pronounce finish (audio) \
finished; finishing

Kids Definition of finish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to bring or come to an end : complete
2 : to use up completely I finished the pie.
3 : to end a competition in a certain position I finished third in the race.
4 : to put a final coat or surface on He finished the wood table with varnish.

finish

noun

Kids Definition of finish (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : end entry 1 sense 2, conclusion The race had a close finish.
2 : the final treatment or coating of a surface or the appearance given by such a treatment The table has a shiny finish.

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