Placing the final piece to finish a puzzle.
- The definition of a finish is a desired effect on a surface.
An example of a finish is lacquer.
- To finish is defined as to complete, use up or give the final touches to.
- An example of to finish is completing a race.
- An example of to finish is eating the last cookie.
- An example of to finish is finding the spot for the last piece to a puzzle.
- to bring to an end; complete: to finish the work
- to come to the end of: to finish a book
- to use up; consume entirely: finish your milk
- to give final touches to; embellish or perfect
- to treat (a cut edge, esp. of a garment), as by pinking, serging, or binding, in order to prevent raveling
- to give (cloth, leather, wood, etc.) a desired surface effect
- to cause the defeat, collapse, death, etc. of
- to render worthless, useless, helpless, etc.
Origin of finishMiddle English finishen ; from extended stem of Old French finir ; from Classical Latin finire, to end ; from finis, an end, limit, origin, originally , boundary (post), something fixed in the ground ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhīgw-, to stick in from source dike, Classical Latin figere, fix
- to come to an end; terminate
- to complete something being done
- to complete a contest in a specified position: to finish last
- the last part; end
- anything used to give a desired surface effect, as paint, varnish, polish, wax, etc.
- completeness; perfection
- the manner or method of completion
- the way in which the surface, as of furniture, is painted, varnished, smoothed, polished, etc.
- refinement as in manners, speech, etc.; polish in social or cultural matters
- defeat, collapse, etc. or that which brings it about; downfall
- the taste a wine leaves in the mouth after it has been swallowed
- Carpentry joiner work, as the installation of doors, stairs, panels, etc., which completes the interior of a building
- to end or complete
- to kill or destroy
- to end or complete
- to consume all of
- to end or complete
- to end relations with; become indifferent to
in at the finish
verbfin·ished, fin·ish·ing, fin·ish·es
- a. To stop (doing an activity or task) after reaching the point at which there is nothing left to do: finished cleaning the room.b. To bring to a required or desired state: finish an assignment; finish a painting. See Synonyms at complete.
- a. To arrive at or attain the end of: finish a race.b. Sports To perform the last maneuver in (an offensive play), scoring a goal.
- To consume all of; use up: finish a pie; finished off the pizza.
- To give (wood, for example) a desired or particular surface texture.
- To destroy; kill: finished the injured horse with a bullet.
- To bring about the ruin of: The stock market crash finished many speculators.
- To come to an end; stop: a story that finishes with a twist.
- To reach the end of a task, course, or relationship: The speaker finished with a rousing call to action.
- Sports To score a goal as the last maneuver in a play: a good forward who just can't seem to finish.
- The final part; the conclusion: racers neck-and-neck at the finish.
- The reason for one's ruin; downfall: Stealing the computer codes proved to be his finish.
- Something that completes, concludes, or perfects, especially:a. The last treatment or coating of a surface: applied a shellac finish to the cabinet.b. The surface texture produced by such a treatment or coating.c. A material used in surfacing or finishing.
- Completeness, refinement, or smoothness of execution; polish.
- The flavor left in the mouth after wine has been swallowed.
Origin of finishMiddle English finishen, from Old French finir, finiss-, to complete, from Latin fīnīre, from fīnis, end.
(third-person singular simple present finishes, present participle finishing, simple past and past participle finished)
- To complete (something).
- Please finish your homework!
- To apply a treatment to (a surface or similar).
- The furniture was finished in teak veneer.
- To change an animal's food supply in the months before it is due for slaughter, with the intention of fattening the animal.
- Due to BSE, cows in the United Kingdom must be finished and slaughtered before 30 months of age.
- (intransitive) To come to an end.
- The song has finished.
From Old French finiss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of finir, from Latin fīnīre, present active infinitive of fīniō.