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Meaning & Definition of Finish in English





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,
  • finish,
  • finishing

2. 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"
  • stopping point,
  • finale,
  • finis,
  • finish,
  • last,
  • conclusion,
  • close

3. 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
  • polish,
  • refinement,
  • culture,
  • cultivation,
  • finish

4. 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"
  • 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"
  • 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"
  • finish

7. 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"
  • ending,
  • conclusion,
  • finish

8. (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"
  • finish

9. The act of finishing

  • "His best finish in a major tournament was third"
  • "The speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
  • finish,
  • finishing


1. 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"
  • complete,
  • finish

2. Finally be or do something

  • "He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart"
  • "He wound up being unemployed and living at home again"
  • finish up,
  • land up,
  • fetch up,
  • end up,
  • wind up,
  • finish

3. 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"
  • end,
  • stop,
  • finish,
  • terminate,
  • cease

4. Provide with a finish

  • "The carpenter finished the table beautifully"
  • "This shirt is not finished properly"
  • finish

5. Finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table

  • "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
  • eat up,
  • finish,
  • polish off

6. Cause to finish a relationship with somebody

  • "That finished me with mary"
  • finish

Examples of using

I have 100 projects that I need to finish up by the weekend!
Hurry up and finish whatever the hell you're doing in there!
How much more money is it going to cost to finish building our house?