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"
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,
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
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"
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
- "His death marked the ending of an era"
- "When these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
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"
9. The act of finishing
- "His best finish in a major tournament was third"
- "The speaker's finishing was greeted with applause"
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"
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,
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"
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
- "She polished off the remaining potatoes"
- eat up,
- polish off
6. Cause to finish a relationship with somebody
- "That finished me with mary"