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Synonyms of finish in English:


  • 1 Mrs Porter had just finished the task
    complete, end, conclude, close, bring to a conclusion, bring to an end, bring to a close, consummate, finalize, bring to fruition;
    crown, cap, set the seal on, round off, put the finishing touches to;
    accomplish, execute, discharge, carry out, deal with, do, get done, fulfil
    informal wind up, wrap up, sew up, polish off, knock off
    [Antonyms] start, leave unfinished
  • 2 Hitch finished his dinner and got up
    consume, eat, devour, drink, finish off, polish off, gulp (down), guzzle, quaff;
    informal down
    [Antonyms] start, leave unfinished
  • 3 when the programme has finished it displays the ‘Press any key’ message
    end, come to an end, stop, conclude, come to a conclusion/end/close, cease, terminate
    informal wind up
    [Antonyms] start, begin
  • 4 some items were finished in a black lacquer
    varnish, lacquer, veneer, coat, stain, wax, shellac, enamel, put a finish on, glaze, give a shine to, gloss, polish, burnish, smooth off
  • 5 she went to Switzerland to finish her education
    perfect, polish, refine, put the final/finishing touches to, crown
  • Phrases

    finish someone/something off
  • 1 the executioners finished them off with bayonets
    kill, cause the death of, take/end the life of, destroy, execute, annihilate, exterminate, liquidate, put an end to, do away with, dispose of, get rid of, eradicate, deliver the coup de grâce to
    informal wipe out, do in, bump off, polish off, knock off, top, take out, croak, stiff, blow away
    North American informal ice, off, rub out, waste, whack
  • 2 financial difficulties finished off the business
    overpower, overwhelm, overcome, defeat, get the better of, best, worst, rout, conquer, bring down
    informal drive to the wall
  • noun

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  • 1 a party to celebrate the finish of filming
    final part, final stage, final act, finale, denouement, last stages;
    accomplishment, execution, fulfilment, realization, achievement, consummation, resolution, fruition
    [Antonyms] start, beginning
  • 2 it was a real gallop to the finish
  • 3 this furniture has a mellow antiquated paint finish
    surface, texture, grain;
    glaze, lustre, gloss, polish, shine, patina
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