un·​fin·​ished ˌən-ˈfi-nisht How to pronounce unfinished (audio)
: not finished:
: not brought to an end or to the desired final state
: being in a rough state : unpolished
: 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 This crudely unfinished dump of songs is hiding behind a spectacle. Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork, 10 Feb. 2024 But the Torre de David, in its unfinished state, still stands — albeit precariously. Carolina A. Miranda, Los Angeles Times, 10 Feb. 2024 Plus, the two stoppers keep unfinished wine bottles fresh. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 The towers sit unfinished across from Crypto.com Arena, which recently hosted the Grammy Awards. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024 There are two elections on the March 5 ballot that these four candidates and others are running in: One for a full six-year term to start in January 2025 and another to complete the last few months of Feinstein’s unfinished one. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 5 Feb. 2024 After spending around $70 million on healthier buildings, as well as implementing academic programs to deal with unfinished learning, school officials are deciding how to spend less than $5 million remaining. Steve Sadin, Chicago Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024 The mother of four took over Granity Studios, Kobe’s multimedia company, and saw to it that any unfinished creative projects were completed. Lynsey Eidell, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 The painting was left, with several small portions of it unfinished, in his studio and it is thought that the painting was given to the family who had commissioned it after his death. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1539, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unfinished was in 1539

Dictionary Entries Near unfinished

Cite this Entry

“Unfinished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfinished. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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un·​fin·​ished ˌən-ˈfin-isht How to pronounce unfinished (audio)
: not finished
especially : not brought to the desired state
unfinished furniture
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