un·fin·ished | \ ˌən-ˈfi-nisht \

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

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In the west of Belgium, near the French border, the A19 motorway ends in a four-lane, unfinished overpass. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Laser-Shooting Planes Uncover the Horror and Humanity of World War I," 9 July 2018 Some people had suggested the city use the money designated in the budget for the extension of an unfinished piece of Melrose Drive near the Vista border. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Residents lobby for Oceanside's long-awaited aquatics center," 9 June 2018 An unfinished painting by Raspal depicts the parade in progress. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Brief History of the Arlesienne Fashion Plates Who Inspired Alessandro Michele’s Cruise Collection," 8 June 2018 Most are unfinished, their innards exposed, steel bars poking from the rooftops. The Economist, "Why Arab states have lots of expensive villas," 14 June 2018 Its first project was Brookhollow on 170 acres along the then-unfinished Loop 610 and U.S. 290 in 1966. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Wolff Cos. bets on the U.S. 290 for its next development," 13 July 2018 The production was a disaster, with a malfunctioning dry-ice machine, overheated costumes and an unfinished score that Mr. Knussen continued tweaking for another four years. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Oliver Knussen, influential composer of ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ opera, dies at 66," 12 July 2018 Jane Austen's final, unfinished novel Sanditon is being adapted for the small screen. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jane Austen's Unfinished Novel Sanditon Is Heading to TV," 11 July 2018 Rupert Holmes’ 1985 Broadway hit attempts to seek closure for Charles Dickens’ final, unfinished mystery novel of the same title. Christopher Arnott, courant.com, "CT Rep Gets Historical For 2018-19; Downtown Cabaret Announces Season," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of unfinished

1539, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unfinished

: not completed : not finished


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Kids Definition of unfinished

: not finished

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