- 1Bring (a task or activity) to an end; complete: they were straining to finish the job [with present participle]: we finished eating our meal [no object]: the musician finished to thunderous applauseMore example sentences
complete, end, conclude, stop, cease, terminate, bring to a conclusion/end/close, wind up; crown, cap, round off, put the finishing touches to; accomplish, discharge, carry out, do, get done, fulfill• informal wrapped up, sewn up, polished off• formal effectuated
- Co-ordination work has started and a task force will finish a feasibility study for the whole project by the end of this year.
- After she had finished the required tasks she got right down to work on getting to know the dogs.
- He added: ‘I definitely want to be a professional musician once I finish my studies.’
- 1.1Consume or get through the final amount or portion of (something, especially food or drink): finish your fajita while it’s still hot Jerry finished off a margaritaMore example sentences
- After the meat was finished off, both Silhi and I laid on our backs and looked up at the sky.
- He was sad to read in the newspapers about a retired high school teacher having to hop from table to table in a food outlet to finish the leftovers on the plates.
- We discovered that we all had a horror of wasting food, and would finish a dish rather than throw it in the bin.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of an activity) come to an end: the war has finished but nothing has changedMore example sentences
- Not only was his season finished, but the future of his playing days was in serious jeopardy.
- One of them had spent hours working with Sherry in Australia each day after training had finished.
- Did I mention that I have jury duty coming up straight after the summer semester finishes?
- 1.3 [no object] (finish with) Have no more need for or nothing more to do with: “I’ve finished with Tom,” Gloria saidMore example sentences
- Swallow your pride, and ask the people getting off a bus at your stop if they are finished with their day ticket.
- Conner had to quit his job, finish with Jim, pack up his life, and say goodbye to his friends and family.
- A return to the workplace can wait; that should still be there when he finishes with athletics, and he is contemplating a degree in design engineering in future.
- 1.4Reach the end of a race or other sporting competition, typically in a particular position: [with complement]: she finished third in the 3-meter springboard divingMore example sentences
- Four weeks later he made his competitive debut, finishing 32nd in a race in Austria.
- Isaac McCann consolidated his overall third place in the under-13 race finishing in third place in 10.25 sec.
- Emmett ran a good race to finish in fifth place with a ‘Personal Best’ of 4 minutes 2 seconds.
- 2 (usually be finished) Complete the manufacture or decoration of (a material, object, or place) by giving it an attractive surface appearance: the interior was finished with V-jointed American oakMore example sentences
- The fuselage appears to be painted in olive green while the flying surface appears to be finished in silver.
- Drywall can be difficult for a novice to finish to a smooth surface.
- Take the same care in cleaning and preparing a surface to be stained as you would in finishing it.
- 2.1Complete the fattening of (livestock) before slaughter.More example sentences
- After each grazing phase was completed, cattle were finished in a western Oklahoma feedlot.
- He finishes the cattle at the feedlot that he manages.
- Thus, smaller-scaled feedlots are a more suitable option for finishing Kentucky cattle.
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- 1 [usually in singular] An end or final part or stage of something: a bowl of raspberries was the perfect finish to the meal I really enjoyed the film from start to finishMore example sentences
- As the game moved on to day three the stage was set for a close finish on the final day.
- The whole thing was misconceived from start to finish - if it has a finish.
- That is what they will be doing now, and they will be doing so from start to finish - with the finish being the most critical and difficult element in the media mix.
- 1.1A point or place at which a race or competition ends: he surged into a winning lead 200 meters from the finishMore example sentences
- Late Monday evening news travelled through that the race finish had been moved, as most ships had not passed the second waypoint!
- In 2003 he approached the finish of the race with it all sewn up at odds of 4/11 but came down.
- The rest of us observe the endurance of the human spirit from the sidelines as they race towards the finish.
- 2The manner in which the manufacture of an article is completed in detail: wide variation in specification and finishMore example sentences
- It exhibits the same meticulous detail and refined finish, only varying in the addition of a lapis lazuli stand and in some minor heraldic details.
- Clearly a labour of love with its attention to detail and cosy finish, it is a perfect lovers' retreat.
- This stand was second only to that of Ibrox in terms of its architectural finish and detail.
- 2.1The surface appearance of a manufactured material or object, or the material used to produce this: lightweight nylon with a shiny finishMore example sentences
- In a traditional barn, you won't find finishes like drywall or gypsum board.
- The kitchen is a light, airy space that achieves a sophisticated country look through its combination of materials and finishes.
- Gloss finishes are shiny and scrubbable, so they are perfect for doors, trim and specialty uses.
- 2.2The final taste impression of a wine or beer: the wine has a lemony tang on the finishMore example sentences
- The mouth-watering finish is more Sauvignon blanc than Chardonnay in style.
- The palate is an opulent offering of warm and delectable flavors that last long into the impressive finish.
- This smashing red will not hang around for long either, so if you fancy a gamey, rustic, plummy wine with a seductive, spicy, perfumed finish, move fast.
a fight to the finish
- A fight or contest that ends only with the complete defeat of one of the parties involved.More example sentences
- I think he'll fight to the finish and will do everything possible to ensure he doesn't get captured.
- Here again, another little, mini thriller was played out as both teams fought it out to the finish.
- However, I am proud of the way our whole side performed and stuck in right to the finish.
finish someone off
- Kill, destroy, or comprehensively defeat someone.More example sentences
- Like a young Ali, he enjoyed taunting his opponents and destroying their will before finishing them off.
- Did he actually think I was going to be willing to let him kill Mike and finish me off before the night was over?
- The first two shots weren't enough to kill him so the bullet in the head was to finish him off.
- Complete an action or process: he hadn’t finished up the paperwork on itMore example sentences
- Just as I was finishing up, two men came in, apparently thinking they were alone.
- I spent some free time tonight finishing up my own project, the monthly family movie.
- What do a bunch of tired singers do after finishing up a two-day recording session?
- End a period of time or course of action by doing something or being in a particular position: Tony started out running the back elevator and finished up as bell captain we finished up with a plate of meatsMore example sentences
- They talked about the glacial movement of the peace process and the interviewer finished up by asking what he was cooking for dinner.
- It was fun racing, it was really nice finishing up with this competition but I wanted to win the Tour.
Middle English: from Old French feniss-, lengthened stem of fenir, from Latin finire, from finis 'end'.