Finish meaning

fĭnĭsh
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.

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To consume all of; use up.

Finish a pie; finished off the pizza.

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Something that completes, concludes, or perfects, especially:
  • The last treatment or coating of a surface.
    Applied a shellac finish to the cabinet.
  • The surface texture produced by such a treatment or coating.
  • A material used in surfacing or finishing.
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The definition of a finish is a desired effect on a surface.

An example of a finish is lacquer.

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To give (wood, for example) a desired or particular surface texture.
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An end: the end of anything.
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To destroy; kill.

Finished the injured horse with a bullet.

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To bring about the ruin of.

The stock market crash finished many speculators.

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To come to an end; stop.

A story that finishes with a twist.

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To reach the end of a task, course, or relationship.

The speaker finished with a rousing call to action.

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(sports) To score a goal as the last maneuver in a play.

A good forward who just can't seem to finish.

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The final part; the conclusion.

Racers neck-and-neck at the finish.

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The reason for one's ruin; downfall.

Stealing the computer codes proved to be his finish.

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Completeness, refinement, or smoothness of execution; polish.
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The flavor left in the mouth after wine has been swallowed.
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To use up; consume entirely.

Finish your milk.

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To give final touches to; embellish or perfect.
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To treat (a cut edge, esp. of a garment), as by pinking, serging, or binding, in order to prevent raveling.
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To give (cloth, leather, wood, etc.) a desired surface effect.
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To come to an end; terminate.
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To complete something being done.
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To complete a contest in a specified position.

To finish last.

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The last part; end.
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Anything used to give a desired surface effect, as paint, varnish, polish, wax, etc.
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Completeness; perfection.
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The manner or method of completion.
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Refinement as in manners, speech, etc.; polish in social or cultural matters.
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Defeat, collapse, etc. or that which brings it about; downfall.
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The taste a wine leaves in the mouth after it has been swallowed.
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(carpentry) Joiner work, as the installation of doors, stairs, panels, etc., which completes the interior of a building.
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A protective coating given to wood or metal and other surfaces.

The car's finish was so shiny and new.

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The result of any process changing the physical or chemical properties of cloth.
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(sports) A shot on goal, especially one that ends in a goal.
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To complete (something).

Please finish your homework!

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To apply a treatment to (a surface or similar).

The furniture was finished in teak veneer.

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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.

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(intransitive) To come to an end.

The song has finished.

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finish off
  • to end or complete
  • to kill or destroy
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finish up
  • to end or complete
  • to consume all of
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finish with
  • to end or complete
  • to end relations with; become indifferent to
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in at the finish
  • being present or taking part at the conclusion, as of a contest
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of finish

  • Middle English finishen from Old French finir finiss- to complete from Latin fīnīre from fīnis end

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French finiss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of finir, from Latin fīnīre, present active infinitive of fīniō.

    From Wiktionary