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finish

fin·ish

finish

 
pronunciation:
fI nihsh
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
Homophone Note, Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: finished, finishes, finishing
definition 1: to reach or cause the end of; complete.
We finished the project on Friday.I finally finished the essay I was working on.I finished reading the book last night.Have you finished doing your taxes?
synonyms:
close, complete, conclude, end, terminate, wind up
antonyms:
begin, start
similar words:
accomplish, cap, carry out, cease, clinch, consummate, crown, discontinue, dispose of, do, fulfill, leave off, perfect, quit, round out, stop, wrap up
definition 2: to completely use up or consume, esp. food and drink (often fol. by up or off).
I was full after I finished the soup.You can have some ice cream when you finish up your broccoli.It took us two weeks to finally finish off all the pears she gave us.
synonyms:
polish off, use up
similar words:
complete, consume, devour, drink, eat, kill, run out of
definition 3: to kill or destroy.
The disease finished her.
synonyms:
kill
similar words:
destroy, dispatch, end, extinguish, take
definition 4: to apply a finish to, as with varnish.
The old oak floors looked beautiful after we finished them.
synonyms:
lacquer, varnish
similar words:
coat, gloss, polish, surface, veneer
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to come to the end of an action or undertaking; complete something.
We were exhausted after we finished.
synonyms:
cease, close, conclude, end, stop, wind up
antonyms:
begin
similar words:
culminate, discontinue, round, top
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the end of an action or undertaking; final stage or point.
It was a long movie, but we watched it to the finish.
synonyms:
close, completion, conclusion, end, termination
antonyms:
initiation, start
similar words:
accomplishment, consummation, culmination, ending, finale, last, ultimate, windup
definition 2: a death, downfall, or conclusive ending.
The two warriors vowed to fight to the finish.It was a brutal battle and few were left at the finish.
synonyms:
death, downfall, ending, ruin
similar words:
conclusion, curtains
definition 3: the quality of being completed with elegance, excellence, or thoroughness.
The skater's jumps were executed with finish.
similar words:
elegance, grace, polish, refinement, sophistication
definition 4: the smooth texture, protective glaze, or fine appearance of a hard surface.
The car's finish is badly scratched.
synonyms:
polish
similar words:
coat, coating, exterior, gloss, luster, shine, stain, varnish
definition 5: a substance used to refine, polish, or protect a surface.
synonyms:
polish
similar words:
lacquer, luster, stain, varnish
definition 6: something added for completeness or aesthetic perfection.
synonyms:
touch
similar words:
complement, crown, flourish
derivation: finisher (n.)
Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word Finnish (a language or nationality)? Finish and Finnish sound alike but have different meanings.
Word Parts
The word finish contains the following part:
fin Latin root that means end, limit