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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The home was listed by its current owners, Bruce White, CEO of White Lodging, and his wife Beth, who first purchased the property back in 2005 as an unfinished space and turned it into this incredibly luxe listing. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This $13.5 Million Penthouse in Chicago Has a Rotating Living Room," 29 Apr. 2019 Then there’s his trade wars and his unfinished trade deals, which are hurting the entire country. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "“Inhumane”: a laid-off GM worker in Ohio responds to massive job cuts," 29 Nov. 2018 Trump is a different and of course unfinished story. Ian Black, New York Times, "If You Want to Really Understand Bibi," 7 May 2018 For his last unfinished story, Kuciak, 27, reported on the influence of the Italian mafia in Slovakia and its possible ties to people close to Fico. Time, "Slovakia Devolves into Chaos as Protestors Demand Justice for Slain Journalist," 9 Mar. 2018 Grainy textures in wood tend to show through with most spray paints, leaving you with a still- rough and unfinished-looking surface. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "10 Smart Spray Painting Tips for a Great-Looking Paint Job," 11 Mar. 2019 Texture is a key element of French Provincial design with unfinished wood, iron, and stone frequently serving as accents—an homage to the historic farmhouses the style originated within. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "French Provincial Design Has Always Set the Bar For Casual Elegance," 11 Jan. 2019 Even now, the computer revolution in the office remains unfinished. The Economist, "AI, radiology and the future of work," 7 June 2018 But unlike most, getting money to rebuild their unfinished retirement home will be complicated. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Hundreds of Kilauea survivors seek FEMA help as volcano rages on," 19 June 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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