un·​fin·​ished | \ ˌən-ˈfi-nisht How to pronounce unfinished (audio) \

Definition of unfinished

: not finished:
a : not brought to an end or to the desired final state
b : being in a rough state : unpolished
c : subjected to no other processes (such as bleaching or dyeing) after coming from the loom

Examples of unfinished in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Braves head coach James Williams said his team had unfinished business from last year. Lynn Ramsey, Orlando Sentinel, 8 May 2022 Wrapping up unfinished business: Ten of 11 potential jurors who were prematurely dismissed were back in court Monday. Victoria Ballard, Sun Sentinel, 2 May 2022 More than a dozen people hunkered down in the unfinished basement. Amie Schaeffer, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Apr. 2022 The house has three levels above an unfinished basement. Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2022 The master bedroom boasts an entire wall of closets, while the unfinished basement is easily large enough for laundry, storage, a carpentry or sewing studio, and more. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, 3 Mar. 2022 The floor plans also account for an unfinished basement. Maya Homan, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Jan. 2022 The house, which also has a mudroom with a dog shower, a deep pour unfinished basement and a large deck, sits on a 0.47-acre lot. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, 8 Nov. 2021 The first and second floors of Cody and Rachel Hambleton’s Strathmoor Village home felt small and closed off, and their unfinished basement had become one big storage room. Lennie Omalza, The Courier-Journal, 7 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of unfinished

1539, in the meaning defined above

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14 May 2022

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“Unfinished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfinished. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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un·​fin·​ished | \ ˌən-ˈfi-nisht How to pronounce unfinished (audio) \

Kids Definition of unfinished

: not finished


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