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finish

verb

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1 to bring (something) to a state where nothing remains to be done
  • we should finish the painting of the house by tomorrow

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2 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point
  • we'll finish the concert before dark

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3 to come to an end
  • the three-day race finished yesterday

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finish

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of finish (Entry 2 of 2)

1 the last part of a process or action
  • a pie-eating contest is the fair's traditional finish

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2 the stopping of a process or activity
  • an all-out fight right to the finish

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Frequently Asked Questions About finish

How does the verb finish differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of finish are close, complete, conclude, end, and terminate. While all these words mean "to bring or come to a stopping point or limit," finish may stress completion of a final step in a process.

after it is painted, the house will be finished

When would close be a good substitute for finish?

The words close and finish can be used in similar contexts, but close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished.

close a debate

When can complete be used instead of finish?

The synonyms complete and finish are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

Where would conclude be a reasonable alternative to finish?

The meanings of conclude and finish largely overlap; however, conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting).

the service concluded with a blessing

When could end be used to replace finish?

Although the words end and finish have much in common, end conveys a strong sense of finality.

ended his life

In what contexts can terminate take the place of finish?

The words terminate and finish are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space.

your employment terminates after three months

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The first known use of finish was in the 14th century

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“Finish.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/finish. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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