finish meaning

[ 'finiʃ ] Pronunciation:   "finish" in a sentence
  • Verb: finish  finish
    1. Come or bring to a finish or an end
      "He finished the dishes"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
      - complete 
    2. Finally be or do something
      - finish up, land up, fetch up, end up, wind up 
    3. Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
      - end, stop, terminate, cease 
    4. Provide with a finish
      "The carpenter finished the table beautifully"; "this shirt is not finished properly" 
    5. Finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
      - eat up, polish off 
    6. Cause to finish a relationship with somebody
      "That finished me with Mary"
    Noun: finish  finish
    1. 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"
      - coating, finishing 
    2. The temporal end; the concluding time
      "the market was up at the finish"
      - stopping point, finale, finis, last, conclusion, close 
    3. A highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
      "almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art"
      - polish, refinement, culture, cultivation 
    4. The place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
      "a crowd assembled at the finish"
      - destination, goal 
    5. 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. 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. Event whose occurrence ends something
      "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
      - ending, conclusion 
    8. (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)
      "the wine has a nutty flavour and a pleasant finish" 
    9. The act of finishing
      "his best finish in a major tournament was third"
      - finishing

    Sounds like: Finnish

    Derived forms: finishing, finishes, finished

    See also: finisher

    Type of: act, closing, coat, completion, culmination, decorativeness, downfall, eat, end, ending, flawlessness, gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, happening, mop up, move, natural event, ne plus ultra, occurrence, occurrent, perfection, ruin, ruination, surface, taste, taste perception, taste sensation, terminal, terminate, windup

    Antonym: start

    Encyclopedia: Finish

  • [Architecture]

    The texture, color, and smoothness of a surface, and other properties affecting appearance.


    The texture and smoothness of a concrete surface after compacting and finishing operations have been performed.


    A finish coat.


    See finishing.

  • [Business]
    verb, noun

    verb [+ obj or no obj]

    to be at a particular price or level at the end of a period of trading on a stock exchange:

    The Nikkei stock average finished 2% higher yesterday.

    China Telecom (= its share price) finished the morning session at HK$1.45.



    1 [sing.]

    the end of a period of trading on a stock exchange; the level of share prices, etc. at this time:

    At London's finish, the Dow Jones was down 0.8 per cent.

    The share price rose to $1.94 from a finish of $1.81 yesterday.


    2 [C]

    the final details that are added to sth to make it complete:

    The packaging gives the product a stylish finish.

    3 [C]

    the last covering of paint, polish, etc. that is put onto the surface of sth; the condition of the surface:

    a gloss/matt finish

    The pens come with either a silver or a gilt finish.

    The cupboards are available in a range wood finishes.

  • [Finance]
    Used in the context of general equities. See: Fill.


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  1. this sprang will finish off the insects.
  2. i estimated that i should finish in ten days.
  3. i must finish my work before i go home.
  4. we had hoped to finish by four o'clock.
  5. he could finish up dead or badly injured.

Related Words

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