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finish

fin·ish

finish

 
 
pronunciation:
fI nihsh
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
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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
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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
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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.
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