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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)

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.

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."