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 All of which leaves the incoming Biden administration and hundreds of Texas landowners in a web of title and compensation disputes, multimillion-dollar contracts and a string of unfinished — and disconnected — projects all along the Rio Grande. Perla Trevizo, ProPublica, "The Trump Administration Keeps Awarding Border Wall Contracts but Doesn’t Own the Land to Build On," 25 Dec. 2020 The unfinished basement has a laundry area, workbench and access to the backyard with garden beds, a water feature and patio. oregonlive, "Top 20 most-viewed Oregon homes for sale: Remodels, mansions, farmhouses, floating homes," 19 Dec. 2020 Her family’s house has a bathroom that’s unfinished, with boards on the floor instead of concrete. Ian James, AZCentral.com, "'We need water to survive': Hopi Tribe pushes for solutions in long struggle for water," 14 Dec. 2020 The 1,718-square-foot duplex contains two homes equipped with three bedrooms, one-and-a-half bathrooms, a kitchen, central heat and air and an unfinished basement. Penelope Blackwell, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County seeks applicants for new homeownership in Taneytown," 2 Nov. 2020 Built in 1945, this two-bedroom, one-bath house has 650 square feet and features two bedrooms on the main level, central air conditioning, full unfinished basement, porch, deck and fire pit. Star Tribune, "Home listings: What $189,900 buys in the Twin Cities area," 30 Oct. 2020 These efforts are already under way but unfinished at the Environmental Protection Agency. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Where Trump and Biden Stand on Climate and Energy Policy," 4 Oct. 2020 In a few words Life has always been crude, unfinished, raw, tentative ... National Geographic, "How can 'friluftsliv' help make you happier now?," 15 Sep. 2020 And in this country, that unfinished business can almost always be traced back to slavery, and the way the terrors of the past resurface in the present. Reginald Dwayne Betts Kiese Makeba Laymon Carina Del Valle Schorske Dessa Irina Aleksander Sam Dolnick Mark Binelli Maggie Jones Rob Hoerburger Jamie Lauren Keiles Devin Gordon Jazmine Hughes Jenna Wortham Jade Chang Taffy Brodesser-akner Kaitlyn Greenidge Rowan Ricardo Phillips Michael Paterniti Wesley Morris Ismail Muhammad Anthony Giardina, New York Times, "Remembering some of the artists, innovators and thinkers we lost in the past year.," 23 Dec. 2020

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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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“Unfinished.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unfinished. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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) \

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: not finished

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