Share this entry

finish
British English: /ˈfɪnɪʃ/
American English: /ˈfɪnɪʃ/

Translation of finish in French:

noun pl finishes

  • 1 (end) from start to finish it will be a fight to the finish
    [literal]
    ce sera un combat à mort
    [figurative]
    la partie va être serrée
    to be in at the finish
    assister au dénouement
  • 2 (Sport)
    arrivée (f)
    it was a close finish
    l'arrivée a été serrée
    an athlete with a good finish
    un athlète bon au sprint final
  • 3 (surface, aspect) (of clothing, wood, car)
    (of fabric, leather)
    a car with a metallic finish
    une voiture métallisée
    paint with a matt/silk finish
    peinture mate/satinée
    a wine with a smooth finish
    un vin épanoui

transitive verb

  • 2 (leave)
    (work, studies)
    I finish work at 5.30 pm
    je finis (le travail) à 17 h 30
    she finishes school/university next year
    elle finira l'école/l'université l'année prochaine
  • 3 (consume)
    (cigarette, drink, meal)
    who finished all the biscuits?
    qui a fini les biscuits?
  • 5
    [informal]
    (exhaust, demoralize)
    (informal) (person)
    that long walk finished me!
    cette longue promenade m'a achevé (informal)!
    this news nearly finished him
    cette nouvelle a failli l'achever
    (informal)

intransitive verb

  • 1 (end)
    (conference, programme, term)
    (holidays)
    se terminer
    the meeting finishes at 3 pm
    la réunion se termine à 15 h
    the film finishes on Thursday
    le film ne passe plus à partir de jeudi
    I'll see you when the concert finishes
    je te verrai à la fin du concert
    wait until the music finishes
    attends la fin du morceau (de musique)
    as the concert was finishing
    alors que le concert touchait à sa fin
    after the lecture finishes we'll have lunch
    nous déjeunerons quand la conférence sera terminée
    I'm waiting for the washing machine to finish
    j'attends que ma lessive soit finie
  • 2 (reach end of race) my horse finished first
    mon cheval est arrivé premier
    the horse/the athlete failed to finish
    le cheval/l'athlète n'a pas fini la course
  • 3 (conclude)
    (speaker)
    finir (de parler), conclure
    he won't let me finish
    il ne me laisse pas finir (de parler)
    let me finish
    laissez- moi finir (de parler)
    she finished with a quotation
    elle a conclu par une citation
  • 4 (leave employment) See examples: I finished at the bank yesterday
    j'ai quitté mon travail à la banque hier

also: finished past participle adjective

  • 1beautifully finished
    (furniture, interior etc)
    avec des finitions soignées
    interior finished in marble/grey
    intérieur avec des finitions en marbre/finitions grises
    walls finished in blue gloss
    murs laqués bleu
    the finished product
    le produit fini
  • 3 (ruined)
    (informal)
    as a boxer he's finished
    en tant que boxeur il est fini or fichu
    (informal)
    after the scandal her career was finished
    après le scandale, sa carrière était finie

Phrasal verbs

finish off

1 finish [something] off, finish off [something] 1.1 (complete)
(letter, task)
I'll just finish off the ironing
je vais juste finir le repassage
1.2 (round off) See examples: to finish off the meal with a glass of brandy
terminer le repas avec un verre de cognac
2 finish [somebody] off 2.1 (exhaust, demoralize)
(informal) (person)
2.2 (kill)
(person, animal)

finish up

1 finish up
(person) (at end of journey)
se retrouver
(in situation)
they finished up in London
il se sont retrouvés à Londres
he finished up in prison
il a fini en prison
to finish up as a teacher
finir par devenir professeur
to finish up (by) doing
2 finish [something] up, finish up [something]
(milk, paint, cake)

finish with

1 finish with [something]
finir avec
have you finished with the newspaper?
tu as fini avec le journal?
hurry up and finish with the scissors, I need them
dépêche-toi avec les ciseaux, j'en ai besoin
pass the pen to me when you've finished with it
passe-moi le stylo quand tu auras fini
I'm finished with school/politics!
j'en ai assez de l'école!/de la politique!
2 finish with [somebody] 2.1 (split up)
(girlfriend, boyfriend)
2.2 (stop punishing) See examples: I haven't finished with you yet!
je n'en ai pas encore fini avec toi!
you'll be sorry when I've finished with you!
tu vas voir ce que tu vas voir (informal)!

Definition of finish in:

Share this entry

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

QUIZ


    Next Score:
    Word of the day luxe
    Pronunciation: lʌks
    adjective
    expensive and of high quality; luxurious