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

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One cell contained a dead larva, one was left unfinished, and one appeared to have housed a larva that grew to adulthood and left the nest. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Found: A Bees’ Nest Built Entirely of Plastic Waste," 7 June 2019 In fact, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is floating the idea of a special session so that lawmakers can complete unfinished business. oregonlive.com, "Could Democrats outfox missing Republicans with a special session?," 24 June 2019 His restless spirit has unfinished business here on Earth, namely looking out for the love of his life, Molly. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Ghost,’ at Theater West End, is pale version of hit movie | Review," 24 June 2019 The unfinished business of the Democratic party is socialism. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "The Democrats Are the Socialist Party Again," 20 June 2019 Those 20 hours are the type of unfinished business Mack hates. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Shelvin Mack is still a Butler student cramming for tests, even as he plays in NBA," 17 June 2019 But Nick Brown, a former federal prosecutor who served as Inslee’s general counsel, had come across Wharton’s file among his predecessor’s unfinished business. Matthew Van Meter, The New Republic, "The Judge and the Three-Strikes Convict," 17 June 2019 How much harder to make the case in the Balkans, the EU’s inner courtyard of unfinished business. The Economist, "The EU must keep its promise to North Macedonia," 12 June 2019 Nigeria’s postwar efforts to reduce social stigma and scapegoating are unfinished business, but the polio eradication campaign is continuing the good fight. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019

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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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