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fin•ish /ˈfɪnɪʃ/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to bring or come to an end or to completion: [+ object]We finished dinner at about 9 o'clock.[+ verb-ing]Have you finished reading all those books?[no object]When does school finish this year?
  2. to use completely: [+ (up) + object]to finish (up) a can of paint.[+ (off) + object]They finished (off) their beers.
  3. to overcome completely;
    destroy or kill: [ + (off) + obj]:This spray will finish (off) the cockroaches.[ + obj + off]:to finish them off.
  4. to put a finish on (wood, metal, etc.):[+ object]finished the chair with a glossy varnish.

  1. the end or conclusion;
    the final part or last stage:[countable]getting close to the finish now.
  2. Building the surface coating or texture of wood, metal, etc.:[countable;  usually singular]This old table has a beautiful hand-rubbed finish.
  3. a material for application in finishing:[uncountable]If you get finish on your hands, maybe turpentine will remove it.
fin•ish•er, n.  [countable]See -fin-.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
fin•ish  (finish),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to bring (something) to an end or to completion;
    complete:to finish a novel; to finish breakfast.
  2. to come to the end of (a course, period of time, etc.):to finish school.
  3. to use completely (often fol. by up or off):to finish up a can of paint; to finish off the rest of the milk.
  4. to overcome completely;
    destroy or kill (often fol. by off):This spray will finish off the cockroaches.
  5. to complete and perfect in detail;
    put the final touches on (sometimes fol. by up):He decided to finish his plan more carefully. She finished up a painting.
  6. to put a finish on (wood, metal, etc.):We finished the desk in antique red lacquer.
  7. to perfect (a person) in education, accomplishments, social graces, etc.
  8. Animal Husbandryto ready (livestock) for market by feeding a diet calculated to produce the desired weight.

  1. to come to an end:The course finishes in January.
  2. to complete a course, project, etc. (sometimes fol. by up):I finished before he did. It was nine o'clock when we finished up.
  3. Animal Husbandry(of livestock) to become fattened for market.
  4. finish with: 
    • to bring to completion:She's finished with her latest novel.
    • to put aside, break all relations with, or reject finally:He's finished with football and will play only baseball now. After the way they treated us, we're finished with them.

  1. the end or conclusion;
    the final part or last stage.
  2. the end of a hunt, race, etc.:a close finish.
  3. a decisive ending:a fight to the finish.
  4. the quality of being finished or completed with smoothness, elegance, etc.:to admire the finish of one's writing.
  5. educational or social polish.
  6. the manner in which an object is perfected or finished in its preparation, or an effect imparted in finishing.
  7. the surface coating or texture of wood, metal, etc.
  8. something used or serving to finish, complete, or perfect a thing.
  9. woodwork or the like, esp. in the interior of a building, not essential to the structure but used for purposes of ornament, neatness, etc.:a finish of black walnut.
  10. Also called  finish coat′, finishing coat′. a final coat of plaster or paint.
  11. a material for application in finishing.
  12. Animal Husbandrythe fat tissue of livestock.
  13. Winethe flavor remaining in the mouth after a wine has been swallowed.
finish•er, n. 
  • Latin fīnīre to end. See fine1
  • Anglo-French, Middle French finiss-, long stem of finir
  • Middle English finisshen 1300–50
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged terminate, conclude, close.
    • 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  end 1.

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finish /ˈfɪnɪʃ/ vb (mainly tr)
  1. to bring to an end; complete, conclude, or stop
  2. (intransitive) sometimes followed by up: to be at or come to the end; use up
  3. to bring to a desired or complete condition
  4. to put a particular surface texture on (wood, cloth, etc)
  5. (often followed by off) to destroy or defeat completely
  6. to train (a person) in social graces and talents
  7. (intransitive) followed by with: to end a relationship or association
  8. to stop punishing a person: I haven't finished with you yet!
  1. the final or last stage or part; end
  2. the death, destruction, or absolute defeat of a person or one side in a conflict: a fight to the finish
  3. the person, event, or thing that brings this about
  4. the surface texture or appearance of wood, cloth, etc: a rough finish
  5. a preparation, such as varnish, used to produce such a texture
  6. a thing, event, etc, that completes
  7. completeness and high quality of workmanship
  8. refinement in social graces
  9. ability to sprint at the end of a race: he has a good finish
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French finir, from Latin fīnīre see fine1

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Collocations: finish [your work, my chores, her exam, his homework], had a [strong, weak] finish, [reached, crossed] the finish line, more...

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