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

Translation of finish in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (complete)
    she finishes high school in two years' time
    acabará or terminará el bachillerato dentro de dos años
    we finish school/work at four o'clock today
    hoy salimos a las cuatro
    let her finish what she's doing/saying
    déjala terminar or acabar lo que está haciendo/de hablar
    to finish -ing
    terminar or acabar de + infinitive
    he hasn't finished painting it yet
    todavía no ha terminado or acabado de pintarlo
    Example sentences
    • 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.’
    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 (consume)
    we've finished our stock of coal
    se nos ha terminado or acabado el carbón
  • 2 2.1 (create surface texture on)
    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.
    2.2 (add final touches to)
  • 3 (destroy) [colloquial]
    acabar con
    the scandal finished him as a politician
    el escándalo acabó con su carrera política
    the last few laps finished her
    las últimas vueltas acabaron con ella
    Example sentences
    • I will finish Naylor if it kills me, or a few innocent bystanders.
    • He has just about finished things off by destroying trust and honour.
    • She didn't resist when Xienna grabbed her by the scruff of the neck and propelled her out of the dormitory at high speed, but part of her screamed at her for not finishing the boy.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (come to end)
    the reading finished with a poem by Keats
    el recital terminó con un poema de Keats
    she finished by summarizing the main points again
    concluyó resumiendo de nuevo los puntos principales
    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?
  • 2 (complete activity) I've finished; may I leave the table?
    ya he terminado or acabado ¿me puedo levantar de la mesa?
    if you've quite finished, may I get a word in? [ironic]
    si has acabado ya ¿me dejas meter baza? [ironic]
  • 3 (Sport)to finish first/second/last
    terminar en primer/segundo/último lugar
    to finish well/badly
    acabar bien/mal
    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.
    Example sentences
    • Australia could have had two goals since Brazil scored if they could finish!
    • He is excellent on drives and can finish at the goal or score on runners and pull-up jumpers.
    • We played the sort of rugby we have been aiming for, and I think with a bit of improved finishing we could have scored a few more tries.


  • 1 (no plural) 1.1 (end) from start to finish
    del principio al fin or al final
    to be in at the finish
    presenciar el final
    to fight to the finish
    luchar hasta el final or el fin
    a fight to the finish
    una lucha a muerte
    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.
    1.2 (of race) it was a very close finish
    llegaron a la meta casi a la par
    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.
    1.3 (ruin) the finish
    el fin or el final
    el golpe de gracia
  • 2 2.1 uncountable (refinement) 2.2 uncountable (appearance of quality) the cheaper models lack the finish of the expensive ones
    los modelos más económicos no tienen el acabado de los caros
    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.
    2.3 (surface texture) (no plural) a matt/gloss finish
    un acabado mate/brillante
    with a rough finish
    sin pulir
    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.

Phrasal verbs

finish off

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object 1.1 (complete) let me just finish off this letter
déjame terminar or acabar esta carta
1.2 (exhaust)
dejar agotado
dejar hecho polvo [colloquial]
1.3 (consume)
2verb + object + adverb (kill)
liquidar [colloquial]
that bout of flu nearly finished her off
aquella gripe casi acaba con ella
3verb + adverb (conclude)
concluir [formal]
I'd like to finish off by saying that …
quisiera terminar diciendo que …
quisiera concluir diciendo que … [formal]

finish out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (US)

finish up

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
finish up your carrots
termina las zanahorias
cómete todas las zanahorias
2verb + adverb (end up, find oneself) we finished up in a village called Burfield
acabamos en or fuimos a parar a un pueblo llamado Burfield
I knew he'd finish up crying
yo sabía que iba a terminar or acabar llorando
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