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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Stay put, chief: There’s unfinished work on your desk. Marshall Kilduff, San Francisco Chronicle, "Last Word: S.F. police chief caught speeding south?," 8 May 2018 What's present, and urgent, is unfinished work, families to be fed, national appetites to serve. Steve Lopez, latimes.com, "Beyond the music, the Coachella you probably don't know," 18 Apr. 2018 The event was led by Bishop John Selders, co-founder of Moral Monday CT, and the DUE Justice Coalition and included speeches by interfaith clergy from the region on the unfinished work by Dr. King for social and economic justice. Kathleen Mcwilliams, courant.com, "Faith Leaders, Activists Say 'Our Work Isn't Over' On 50th Anniversary Of King's Death," 5 Apr. 2018 Stories about the unfinished work began to swirl at a vigil in his friend and fellow artist Darick Maasen's backyard. Kt Hawbaker, Chicago Reader, "130 comic artists team up to finish friend's graphic novel after he dies at 43," 4 Apr. 2018 The massive walkout basement is unfinished, but plumbing for a bathroom and wet bar have been roughed in. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "Hot Property: Get back to nature in this Avon home built on a wooded lot," 2 Mar. 2018 One key recommendation: Leave some units unfinished, so buyers can customize them with their own designers. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Like Your Apartment’s Design? Thank Your Agent," 12 July 2018 Like Firefly before it, Sense8’s resurrection came only after cast members and thousands and thousands of fans begged the studio not to leave the story brutally unfinished. Emma Grey Ellis, WIRED, "What Brought Sense8 Back—and What Killed It in the First Place," 8 June 2018 If Springs is to finish the task that was left unfinished last year, the Chargers need a repeat of Friday night. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Clear Springs dumps Deer Park 6-3 in Game 1 of Area championship series," 12 May 2018

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1539, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of unfinished

: not completed : not finished


un·​fin·​ished | \ˌən-ˈfi-nisht \

Kids Definition of unfinished

: not finished

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