Definitions for finishˈfɪn ɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

fin•ishˈfɪn ɪʃ(v.t.)

  1. to bring (something) to an end or to completion; complete.

  2. to come to the end of (a course, period of time, etc.):

    to finish school.

  3. to use completely (often fol. by up or off):

    to finish up a can of paint.

  4. to overcome completely; destroy or kill (often fol. by off):

    This spray will finish off the cockroaches.

  5. to complete and perfect in detail; put the final touches on (sometimes fol. by up):

    She finished up a painting.

  6. to put a finish on (wood, metal, etc.).

  7. to perfect (a person) in education, accomplishments, social graces, etc.

  8. (v.i.)to come to an end.

  9. to complete a course, project, etc. (sometimes fol. by up).

  10. (of livestock) to achieve the desired market weight.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

  11. (n.)the final part or last stage.

  12. the end of a hunt, race, etc.:

    a close finish.

  13. a decisive ending:

    a fight to the finish.

  14. the quality of being finished with smoothness, elegance, etc.

  15. educational or social polish.

  16. the surface coating of wood, metal, etc.

    Category: Building Trades

  17. something used to finish or perfect a thing.

  18. a final coat of plaster or paint.

    Category: Building Trades

  19. a material for application in finishing.

  20. the flavor remaining in the mouth after a wine has been swallowed.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

Origin of finish:

1300–50; ME < AF, MF finir < L fīnīre to end


Princeton's WordNet

  1. coating, finish, finishing(noun)

    a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)

    "the boat had a metallic finish"; "he applied a coat of a clear finish"; "when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly"

  2. stopping point, finale, finis, finish, last, conclusion, close(noun)

    the temporal end; the concluding time

    "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season"

  3. polish, refinement, culture, cultivation, finish(noun)

    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

    "they performed with great polish"; "I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose"; "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"--Joseph Conrad

  4. finish, destination, goal(noun)

    the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)

    "a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view"

  5. finish(noun)

    designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)

    "excitement grew as the finish neared"; "my horse was several lengths behind at the finish"; "the winner is the team with the most points at the finish"

  6. finish(noun)

    the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict)

    "booze will be the finish of him"; "it was a fight to the finish"

  7. ending, conclusion, finish(noun)

    event whose occurrence ends something

    "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"

  8. finish(noun)

    (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)

    "the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish"

  9. finish, finishing(verb)

    the act of finishing

    "his best finish in a major tournament was third"; "the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"

  10. complete, finish(verb)

    come or bring to a finish or an end

    "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"

  11. finish up, land up, fetch up, end up, wind up, finish(verb)

    finally be or do something

    "He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart"; "he wound up being unemployed and living at home again"

  12. end, stop, finish, terminate, cease(verb)

    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

    "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

  13. finish(verb)

    provide with a finish

    "The carpenter finished the table beautifully"; "this shirt is not finished properly"

  14. eat up, finish, polish off(verb)

    finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table

    "She polished off the remaining potatoes"

  15. finish(verb)

    cause to finish a relationship with somebody

    "That finished me with Mary"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. finish(verb)ˈfɪn ɪʃ

    to complete

    Have you finished your homework?; Let me finish speaking before you say anything.; Finally, I finished!

  2. finishˈfɪn ɪʃ

    to end

    The movie finishes at 10 pm.

  3. finishˈfɪn ɪʃ

    to use or eat all of

    Let's finish this jar of peanut butter before we open another.

  4. finishˈfɪn ɪʃ

    to be in first/second/last, etc. position at the end of a race or competition

  5. finish(noun)ˈfɪn ɪʃ

    the end

    What a finish to a great year!

  6. finishˈfɪn ɪʃ

    the way a painted or polished surface looks

    a shiny finish


  1. finish(Noun)

    An end: the end of anything.

  2. finish(Noun)

    A protective coating given to wood or metal and other surfaces.

    The car's finish was so shiny and new.

  3. finish(Noun)

    The result of any process changing the physical or chemical properties of cloth.

  4. finish(Noun)

    A shot on goal, especially one that ends in a goal.

  5. finish(Verb)

    To complete (something).

    Please finish your homework!

  6. finish(Verb)

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

    The furniture was finished in teak veneer.

  7. finish(Verb)

    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.

  8. finish(Verb)

    To come to an end.

    The song has finished.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Finish(verb)

    to arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate

  2. Finish(verb)

    to bestow the last required labor upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labor upon; to perfect; to accomplish; to polish

  3. Finish(verb)

    to come to an end; to terminate

  4. Finish(verb)

    to end; to die

  5. Finish(noun)

    that which finishes, puts an end to/ or perfects

  6. Finish(noun)

    the joiner work and other finer work required for the completion of a building, especially of the interior. See Inside finish, and Outside finish

  7. Finish(noun)

    the labor required to give final completion to any work; hence, minute detail, careful elaboration, or the like

  8. Finish(noun)

    see Finishing coat, under Finishing

  9. Finish(noun)

    the result of completed labor, as on the surface of an object; manner or style of finishing; as, a rough, dead, or glossy finish given to cloth, stone, metal, etc

  10. Finish(noun)

    completion; -- opposed to start, or beginning

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'finish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4188

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'finish' in Written Corpus Frequency: #955

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'finish' in Nouns Frequency: #1988

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'finish' in Verbs Frequency: #187

Translations for finish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the last touch (of paint, polish etc) that makes the work perfect

The wood has a beautiful finish.

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