Definition of final in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪn(ə)l



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  • 1The last game in a sports tournament or other competition, which will decide the winner of the tournament.
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    • The winners of the semi-finals will take part in a county final to decide the winner.
    • The Netherlands have now made the Olympic final for the third Games in a row.
    • The three will include both finalists and the winner of the qualifying final.
    decider, final game/match
  • 1.1 (finals) A series of games constituting the final stage of a competition: the World Cup finals
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    • The result means Australia are still well in the hunt for next week's best-of-three finals of the series, which also features South Africa.
    • Waugh angrily bustled out of the conference after his side failed to make the finals of the tri-nations series.
    • Each team has to arrive by 15 January, then they face elimination rounds in each event, building up to a three-day series of finals.
  • 2 (finals) British A series of examinations at the end of a degree course: she was doing her history finals
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    • The atmosphere was more like that of an examination hall on finals day than a sporting arena before a big event.
    • It's 20 years this month since I took my first degree finals and spent every hour that they were open in that particular library.
    • Far from opting for a quiet life, Eddie is putting his radio career on hold in order to study for his Law degree finals - not to mention planning for his forthcoming wedding!
  • 2.1 (final) North American An examination at the end of a term, school year, or particular class.
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    • He and nine other finalists had to prepare two main course dishes for the healthy catering class final.
    • There were more chapters to read, more papers to write, and a final in every class.
    • The duke spent time watching the games and when he moved inside for the primary school final spoke to a number of children about the day.
  • 3 Music The principal note in a mode.
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    • Often, he seems to set up two possible finals, the ‘tonal’ issue being settled only at the last moment.
    • The melody type is paramount; mode in the sense of scale and final is secondary.
  • 4 (finals) The final approach of an aircraft to the runway it will be landing on: the plane piloted by Richards was on finals
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    • Just before coming abeam the runway threshold I began a continuous finals turn, Spitfire style.


the final straw

see straw.


Middle English (in the adjectival sense 'conclusive'): from Old French, or from Latin finalis, from finis 'end'. Compare with finish.

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