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finished; finishing; finishes
: to come to an end : terminate
The meeting finished at noon.
: to come to the end of a course, task, or undertaking
I shall finish with a Chopin nocturne—Lillian Hellman
: to end relations —used with with
decided to finish with him for good
: to end a competition in a specified manner or position
finished third in the race
: to bring to an end : terminate
finished the speech and sat down
: to use or dispose of entirely
her sandwich finished the loaf
: to bring to completion or issue
hope to finish their new home before winter
: to provide with a finish
especially : to put a final coat or surface on
finish a table with varnish
: to defeat or ruin utterly and finally
the scandal finished his career
: to bring about the death of —usually used with off
The gladiator finished off his opponent.
: something that completes or perfects: such as
: the fine or decorative work required for a building or one of its parts
: a finishing material used in painting
: the final treatment or coating of a surface
: the taste in the mouth after swallowing a beverage (such as wine)
: final stage : end
: the cause of one's ruin
: the result or product of a finishing process
a glossy finish
: the quality or state of being perfected
Verb You can't watch TV until you finish your homework. He started his homework two hours ago and he still hasn't finished. They hope to finish their new home by winter. They're building a new home and they hope to finish by winter. The chairman finished the meeting at noon. The meeting finished on a positive note. Noun a suspense film with a perfect surprise finish The table had a shiny finish. I need to put one more coat of finish on the chair. See More
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VerbDelta’s fee to correct and finish the build exceeded the original quote by $58 million. —Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 3 Mar. 2023 In the preseason, Maryland was ranked No. 15 and picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten by the league’s head coaches. —Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 3 Mar. 2023 Their soft filaments ensure that you’re left with a smooth, mark-free finish, and are easy to clean when you’re finished for the day. —Alex Rennie, Popular Mechanics, 3 Mar. 2023 The book also describes Daisy and Simone's large age gap, with the elder Simone encouraging Daisy to finish her high school graduation. —Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Mar. 2023 Eddie Bauer pants are meant for adventure, and this pair uses the brand's signature StormRepel DWR (durable water repellent) finish to eliminate moisture, keeping you comfortable and dry no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. —Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2023 Marquette was picked to finish ninth in the Big East before the season started. —Emmett Prosser, Journal Sentinel, 2 Mar. 2023 It can be found post-security at the international departures terminal making for a perfect way to finish an active trip. —Jonny Bierman, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Feb. 2023 Cheap pleaded with the naval administration to finish readying the Centurion. —David Grann, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2023
NounThe league has preset odds to determine who will receive the top four picks among the 14 teams to miss the playoffs, then orders picks 5-14 in reverse regular-season finish after the top picks are determined. —Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, 3 Mar. 2023 The matching steel bracelet gives the feel of a silver steel watch, but in a darker finish. —Brad Lanphear, Men's Health, 1 Mar. 2023 To keep your granite selection feeling of the moment, consider getting the stone in a honed or matte finish (sometimes also called leathered, though that can come with texturing as well, so be sure to ask your supplier). —Alyssa Longobucco, House Beautiful, 27 Feb. 2023 Pinpoint a color scheme and stock up on a quart of standard interior paint in a satin finish. —Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 22 Feb. 2023 The version made at Botromagno is fermented and aged in steel tanks, which helps promote the maraschino cherry and plum fruit flavors; there are notes of chocolate and anise in the finish. —Tom Hyland, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 Audige scored 10 points in Northwestern's dazzling finish. —Jay Cohen, ajc, 13 Feb. 2023 Dementiev and Conway, fellow senior captains, were instrumental in the Rockets’ first-place finish. —Emma Healy, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Feb. 2023 Try the golden ivory sheers to bring warmth to your design or shroud your window in the gray finish for silvery, sophisticated results. —Maria Conti, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Feb. 2023 See More
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