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  1. fin·ish
    IPA[ˈfiniSH]
  2. verb

    • 1. bring (a task or activity) to an end; complete:

      they were straining to finish the job we finished eating our meal the musician finished to thunderous applause
      Synonym : 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, stop, cease, terminate, accomplish, execute, discharge, carry out, deal with, do, get done, fulfill, wind up, wrap up, sew up, polish off, knock off
    • 2. consume or get through the final amount or portion of (something, especially food or drink):

      finish your fajita while it's still hot Jerry finished off a margarita
      Synonym : consume, eat, devour, drink, finish off, polish off, gulp (down), guzzle, quaff, use, use up, exhaust, empty, deplete, drain, expend, dispatch, dispose of, get through, go through, run through, down
    • 3. (of an activity) come to an end:

      the war has finished but nothing has changed
      Synonym : end, come to an end, stop, conclude, come to a conclusion/end/close, cease, terminate, wind up
    • 4. have no more need for or nothing more to do with:

      “I've finished with Tom,” Gloria said
    • 5. reach the end of a race or other sporting competition, typically in a particular position:

      she finished third in the 3-meter springboard diving
    • 6. complete the manufacture or decoration of (a material, object, or place) by giving it an attractive surface appearance:

      the interior was finished with V-jointed American oak
      Synonym : varnish, lacquer, veneer, coat, stain, wax, shellac, enamel, put a finish on, glaze, give a shine to, gloss, polish, burnish, smooth off
    • 7. complete the fattening of (livestock) before slaughter:

      over 100,000 head of cattle are finished every year a reduction in prices for finished cattle
    • 8. prepare (a girl) for entry into fashionable society:

      where were you finished?

    noun

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: finish, plural noun: finishes

    • v.: verb: finish, 3rd person present: finishes, gerund or present participle: finishing, past tense: finished, past participle: finished

    • verb

      bring (a task or activity) to an end; complete:

      consume or get through the final amount or portion of (something, especially food or drink):

    • noun

      an end or final part or stage of something:

      a point or place at which a race or competition ends:

    • adjective

      (of an action, activity, or piece of work) having been completed or ended:

      (of a person) having completed or ended an action or activity:

    • adjective

      (of a task or activity) brought to an end; completed:

      (of a person) no longer useful or valued; ruined:

    • complete an action or process
    • noun

      a very smooth reflective finish produced on the surface of a metal.
    • noun

      a line marking the end of a race:
    • noun

      a close finish of a race in which the winner is identifiable only from a photograph taken as the competitors cross the finish line.
    • noun

      a close finish of a race in which the winner is identifiable only from a photograph taken as the competitors cross the line.
    • have no more need for or nothing more to do with
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