Finish - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɪnɪʃ|  American pronunciation of the word finish
Brit.  |ˈfɪnɪʃ|  British pronunciation of the word finish


- a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance) (syn: coating, finishing)
the boat had a metallic finish
he applied a coat of a clear finish
when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly
- the temporal end; the concluding time (syn: close, conclusion, finale, finis, last)
the market was up at the finish
- a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality (syn: cultivation, culture, polish, refinement)
almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art
- the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey) (syn: destination, goal)
a crowd assembled at the finish
- designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)
excitement grew as the finish neared
my horse was several lengths behind at the finish
the winner is the team with the most points at the finish
- the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict)
Booze will be the finish of him.
it was a fight to the finish
- event whose occurrence ends something (syn: conclusion, ending)
when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show
- (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)
the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish
- the act of finishing (syn: finishing)
his best finish in a major tournament was third
the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause


- come or bring to a finish or an end (syn: complete)
He finished the dishes
The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours
- finally be or do something (syn: end up, fetch up, finish up, wind up)
- have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical (syn: cease, end, stop, terminate)
- provide with a finish
The carpenter finished the table beautifully
this shirt is not finished properly
- finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table (syn: eat up, polish off)
- cause to finish a relationship with somebody
That finished me with Mary

Extra examples

You can't watch TV until you finish your homework.

He started his homework two hours ago and he still hasn't finished.

They hope to finish their new home by winter.

They're building a new home and they hope to finish by winter.

The chairman finished the meeting at noon.

The meeting finished on a positive note.

The table had a shiny finish.

I need to put one more coat of finish on the chair.

He finished the speech and sat down.

They hope to finish their new home before winter.

I must finish off the work while the light is good.

The children have finished off all the fruit.

He finished third in the race.

The cat's tail finishes in white.

The meeting finished in disorder.

Phrasal verbs

finish up  — finish a task completely

Word forms

I/you/we/they: finish
he/she/it: finishes
present participle: finishing
past tense: finished
past participle: finished
singular: finish
plural: finishes
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