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 The images showed up on Tencent’s microblog and show a rusty, unfinished hulk. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "A Dramatic Before-and-After Look at China's First Aircraft Carrier," 3 Jan. 2020 Each raw and unfinished item enters your shopping cart in no particular order. Josh Linkner, Columnist, Detroit Free Press, "IdeaSpewing: Here is a simple technique to unlock creativity," 28 Dec. 2019 Her daughter, Alejandra, who is blind and autistic, had to be confined to back bedrooms for fear of tripping over unfinished construction and boxes of materials. Rebekah L. Sanders, azcentral, "How The Arizona Republic's Call for Action saved readers $562,000 in 2019," 26 Dec. 2019 This past summer, the project’s advisers selected 10 students from around the country to complete the unfinished pieces. Lizzie Feidelson, The New Republic, "The Kids Profiling Every Single Child Killed by Guns," 26 Dec. 2019 Their actions have fed the view among some Republicans that impeachment is not just an isolated fight about Trump's actions toward Ukraine, but also is an extension of a broader, unfinished conflict. Greg Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "In aftermath of Ukraine crisis, a climate of mistrust and threats," 25 Dec. 2019 The company utterly failed at nearly every aspect of this endeavor, proudly unveiling a slow and a tragically unhip device with an unfinished operating system at an iPhone-worthy price. Christopher Null, Wired, "The 10 Worst Tech Product Launches of the 2010s," 24 Dec. 2019 The vote comes as Congress is wrapping up unfinished business before lawmakers head out of town for the holidays. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "House passes $1.4 trillion spending package to avert government shutdown," 17 Dec. 2019 His team, led by general manager Rick Hahn, has plenty of unfinished business, including the pursuit of a starting pitcher after losing out on Zack Wheeler, who joined the Phillies on a five-year, $118 million deal. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs and White Sox bring their shopping lists to the winter meetings," 7 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of unfinished

1539, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unfinished was in 1539

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12 Jan 2020

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“Unfinished.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfinished. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unfinished

: not completed : not finished


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

Kids Definition of unfinished

: not finished

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dull or mediocre

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