Definition of finish in English:

finish

Line breaks: fin¦ish
Pronunciation: /ˈfɪnɪʃ
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 2Complete the manufacture or decoration of (an article) by giving it an attractive surface appearance: the interior was finished with American oak
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    varnish, lacquer, veneer, coat, stain, wax, shellac, enamel, put a finish on, glaze, give a shine to, gloss, polish, burnish, smooth off
  • 2.1Complete the fattening of (livestock) before slaughter: over 100,000 head of cattle are finished every year (as adjective finished) a reduction in prices for finished cattle
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    • 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.
  • 3 dated Prepare (a girl) for entry into fashionable society: where were you finished?

noun

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  • 2 [mass noun] The manner in which the manufacture of an article is completed in detail: the car’s popularity is helped by its high-quality finish and strong diesel engine
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    • 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.
  • 2.1 [count noun] The surface appearance of a manufactured material or object, or the material used to produce this: lightweight nylon with a shiny finish
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    veneer, lacquer, lamination, coating, covering, coat; surface, texture, grain; glaze, lustre, gloss, polish, shine, patina
  • 2.2The final taste impression of a wine or beer: the wine has a lemony tang on the finish
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    • 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.

Phrases

to the finish

Until the complete defeat of one of the parties involved: Linfield clinched their first championship in a thrilling fight to the finish
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  • 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.

Phrasal verbs

finish with

British Have no more need for or nothing more to do with: they give me the newspaper when they’ve finished with it
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  • 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.
informal End an emotional relationship with: ‘I’ve finished with Tom,’ Gloria said

Origin

Middle English: from Old French feniss-, lengthened stem of fenir, from Latin finire, from finis 'end'.

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