What does Finish mean?

Definitions for Finish
ˈfɪn ɪʃfin·ish

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Finish.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. coating, finish, finishingnoun

    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, closenoun

    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, finishnoun

    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, goalnoun

    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. finishnoun

    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. finishnoun

    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, finishnoun

    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. finishnoun

    (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, finishingverb

    the act of finishing

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

  10. complete, finishverb

    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, finishverb

    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, ceaseverb

    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. finishverb

    provide with a finish

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

  14. eat up, finish, polish offverb

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

    "She polished off the remaining potatoes"

  15. finishverb

    cause to finish a relationship with somebody

    "That finished me with Mary"


  1. finishnoun

    An end: the end of anything.

  2. finishnoun

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

    The car's finish was so shiny and new.

  3. finishnoun

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

  4. finishnoun

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

  5. finishverb

    To complete (something).

    Please finish your homework!

  6. finishverb

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

    The furniture was finished in teak veneer.

  7. finishverb

    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. finishverb

    To come to an end.

    The song has finished.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To FINISHverb

    Etymology: finir, French; finio, Latin.

    For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke xiv. 28.

    As he had begun, so he would also finish in you the same grace. 2 Cor. viii. 6.

    A poet uses episodes; but episodes, taken separately, finish nothing. Notes on the Odyssey.

    Though here you all perfection should not find,
    Yet is it all th’ Eternal Will design’d;
    It is a finish’d work, and perfect in his kind. Richard Blackmore.

    I would make what bears your name as finished as my last work ought to be; that is, more finished than the rest. Alexander Pope.


  1. finish

    "Finish" as a verb generally refers to bringing something to a completion or an end. This could involve completing a task, project, race or a piece of work. As a noun, "finish" refers to the final or completed stage or part of something. It can also refer to the surface appearance or texture of a material, often related to its glossiness or smoothness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Finishverb

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

  2. Finishverb

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

  3. Finishverb

    to come to an end; to terminate

  4. Finishverb

    to end; to die

  5. Finishnoun

    that which finishes, puts an end to/ or perfects

  6. Finishnoun

    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. Finishnoun

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

  8. Finishnoun

    see Finishing coat, under Finishing

  9. Finishnoun

    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. Finishnoun

    completion; -- opposed to start, or beginning

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Finish

    fin′ish, v.t. to end or complete the making of anything: to perfect: to give the last touches to: to put an end to, to destroy.—n. that which finishes or completes: the end of a race, hunt, &c.: last touch, careful elaboration, polish: the last coat of plaster to a wall.—p.adj. Fin′ished, brought to an end or to completion: complete: perfect.—n. Fin′isher, one who finishes, completes, or perfects: in bookbinding, the one who puts the last touches to the book in the way of gilding and decoration. [Fr. finir, finissant—L. finīrefinis, an end.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Finish in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Finish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Finish in a Sentence

  1. Enrique Jackson:

    I never thought we could end up so low, and finish with such poor results, it's really upsetting.

  2. Argentine Nestor Pitana:

    For any kid who loves football, the dream is to get to the World Cup final, this team have worked so hard to get where we are, we've managed one of the greatest achievements in the world of refereeing. And now we want to finish the job, in the best way possible.

  3. Brianna Rollins:

    When I got to the finish line and realized I was the first one to cross, I was so overwhelmed, we're the best in the world ... and hopefully all three of us end up on the medal stand.

  4. Aurora Berill:

    Focus on your goals, work hard and finish what you have started.

  5. Ralph Waldo Emerson:

    Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely...

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Translations for Finish

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  • فرغ, أنهى, أتمم, انتهيArabic
  • ско́нчыць, зака́нчваць, канча́цьBelarusian
  • край, фина́л, завършвам, финиширамBulgarian
  • finalitzar, fita, fi, terminar, meta, acabar, finirCatalan, Valencian
  • dokončit, skončit, konecCzech
  • gorffenWelsh
  • slutning, finishDanish
  • Ende, beenden, fertigstellen, aufhören, Lack, endenGerman
  • τέλος, τελειώνωGreek
  • finiĝi, finiEsperanto
  • finalizar, acabarse, terminar, meta, acabar, fin, terminarseSpanish
  • تمام کردن, تمام شدنPersian
  • viimeistellä, loppu, tehdä loppuun, pintakäsittely, loppua, päättyä, maaliFinnish
  • fin, fini, achever, finir, se terminerFrench
  • críochnaighIrish
  • crìochnaichScottish Gaelic
  • acabarGalician
  • ख़त्म होना, ख़त्म करना, अंत करनाHindi
  • finiHaitian Creole
  • befejezés, befejez, végezHungarian
  • վախճան, վերջ, վերջացնել, ավարտArmenian
  • fin, termination, terminar, finirInterlingua
  • tamat, selesaiIndonesian
  • fine, rifinire, finireItalian
  • 全うする, 終わる, 終了, 終える, 仕上げる, 終わりJapanese
  • დასასრულიGeorgian
  • 완성하다, 종료하다, 끝내다Korean
  • finis, terminus, finior, finio, finem habeo, terminorLatin
  • beigas, beigt, pabeigtLatvian
  • ပြီးBurmese
  • meet, finish, beëindigen, eindstreep, afwerkenDutch
  • avslutte, slutt, toppstrøk, finish, avslutning, fullføreNorwegian
  • acabar, terminar, finirOccitan
  • koniec, dokonać, skończyć, dokonywaćPolish
  • arrematar, rematar, final, acabamento, concluir, fim, acabar, finalizar, terminarPortuguese
  • sfârșit, termina, final, lacRomanian
  • зака́нчивать, лак, отде́лка, заверши́ть, зака́нчиваться, око́нчить, оконча́ние, око́нчиться, зако́нчить, зако́нчиться, заверша́ть, коне́ц, фина́лRussian
  • ciljSerbo-Croatian
  • slutföra, finish, avsluta, yta, mål, fullfölja, gå i målSwedish
  • పూర్తిచేయు, అంతమవు, పూర్తవు, ముగించుTelugu
  • เสร็จThai
  • bitirmek, bitişTurkish
  • скі́нчити, кінча́ти, закі́нчувати, закі́нчитиUkrainian
  • ختم کرنا, ختم ہونا, ختمUrdu
  • làm xong, kết thúc, hoàn thànhVietnamese
  • fimekön, finük, finükön, lemekön, finVolapük
  • achever, esse fini, fini, esse tot fwait, esse foû, esse houteWalloon

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