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Definition of "finish" []

  • To arrive at or attain the end of: finish a race. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring to an end; terminate: finished cleaning the room. (verb-transitive)
  • To consume all of; use up: finish a pie. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring to a desired or required state: finish a painting. See Synonyms at complete. (verb-transitive)
  • To give (wood, for example) a desired or particular surface texture. (verb-transitive)
  • To bring to an end; complete, conclude, or stop (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be at or come to the end; use up (verb)
  • To bring to a desired or complete condition (verb)
  • To put a particular surface texture on (wood, cloth, etc) (verb)
  • To destroy or defeat completely (verb)
  • To train (a person) in social graces and talents (verb)
  • To end a relationship or association (verb)
  • To stop punishing a person (verb)
  • The final or last stage or part; end (noun)
  • The death, destruction, or absolute defeat of a person or one side in a conflict (noun)
  • The person, event, or thing that brings this about (noun)
  • The surface texture or appearance of wood, cloth, etc (noun)
  • A preparation, such as varnish, used to produce such a texture (noun)
  • A thing, event, etc, that completes (noun)
  • Completeness and high quality of workmanship (noun)
  • Refinement in social graces (noun)
  • Ability to sprint at the end of a race (noun)

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Use "finish" in a sentence
  • "Tomorrow a kid can go to the same school and and finish the year and go back in Sept or August and still lbe illiterate..finish that year and still not be able to read a newspaper."
  • "First, in my efforts to finish reading thirty books by the end of the year, I decided to *finish* reading this book."
  • "Either way, I'm not too worried, regardless of whether he stays or goes, he's in the best form he's been in for a long time and appears to be the main player urging us over the title finish line."