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finish

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of finish

  1. 1 the last part of a process or action a pie-eating contest is the fair's traditional finish Synonyms of finish capper, close, closing, conclusion, consummation, end, endgame, ending, finis, finale, grand finale, home stretch, mop-up, windup, wrap-upWords Related to finish acme, apex, capstone, climax, copestone, coup de grâce (or coup de grace), crescendo, crown, culmination, high-water mark, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, tip-top, top, zenith; aftermath, anticlimax, coda, epilogue (also epilog), postscript; shank, tag end, tail endNear Antonyms of finish foreword, introduction, overture, preamble, preface, prelude, prologue (also prolog)Antonyms of finish baseline, beginning, dawn, day one, nascence, nascency, opening, start

  2. 2 the stopping of a process or activity an all-out fight right to the finish Synonyms of finish arrest, arrestment, cease, cessation, check, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, end, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, stop, stoppage, surcease, terminationWords Related to finish mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspensionNear Antonyms of finish extension, persistence, prolongationAntonyms of finish continuance, continuation


finish

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of finish

  1. 1 to bring (something) to a state where nothing remains to be done we should finish the painting of the house by tomorrow Synonyms of finish complete, consummate, finalize, perfect, polish Words Related to finish follow through (with), stick out; accomplish, achieve, effect; carry out, carry through, discharge, do, execute, fulfill (or fulfil), perform; ameliorate, amend, better, enhance, enrich, improve, meliorate; machine, refine, round (off or out), shine, touch up Phrases get through Near Antonyms of finish abandon, desert, discontinue, drop, forsake, quit

  2. 2 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point we'll finish the concert before dark Synonyms of finish close out, complete, conclude, end, close, round (off or out), terminate, wind up, wrap upWords Related to finish climax, crown; consummate, perfect; halt, stop, suspendAntonyms of finish begin, commence, inaugurate, open, start

  3. 3 to come to an end the three-day race finished yesterday Synonyms of finish break off, break up, close, conclude, dead-end, determine, die, discontinue, elapse, end, expire, cease, go, halt, lapse, leave off, let up, pass, quit, stop, terminate, wind up, wink (out)Words Related to finish desist (from), lay off (of), refrain (from); give over [British], knock off, pack (up or in); break down, conk (out), cut out, stall; pause, stay, suspend; abate, peter (out), wind downNear Antonyms of finish draw out, extend, prolong, protractAntonyms of finish continue, hang on, persist

Synonym Discussion of finish

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished.
    • close a debate
end conveys a strong sense of finality.
    • ended his life
conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting).
    • the service concluded with a blessing
finish may stress completion of a final step in a process.
    • after it is painted, the house will be finished
complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken.
    • the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement
terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space.
    • your employment terminates after three months


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