- ended or completed.
- completed or perfected in all details, as a product: to pack and ship finished items.
- polished to the highest degree of excellence: a dazzling and finished piece of writing.
- highly skilled or accomplished: a finished violinist.
- condemned, doomed, or in the process of extinction: The aristocracy was finished after the revolution.
- (of livestock) fattened and ready for market.
Origin of finished
- to bring (something) to an end or to completion; complete: to finish a novel; to finish breakfast.
- to come to the end of (a course, period of time, etc.): to finish school.
- to use completely (often followed by up or off): to finish up a can of paint; to finish off the rest of the milk.
- to overcome completely; destroy or kill (often followed by off): This spray will finish off the cockroaches.
- to complete and perfect in detail; put the final touches on (sometimes followed by up): He decided to finish his plan more carefully. She finished up a painting.
- to put a finish on (wood, metal, etc.): We finished the desk in antique red lacquer.
- to perfect (a person) in education, accomplishments, social graces, etc.
- to ready (livestock) for market by feeding a diet calculated to produce the desired weight.
- to come to an end: The course finishes in January.
- to complete a course, project, etc. (sometimes followed by up): I finished before he did. It was nine o'clock when we finished up.
- (of livestock) to become fattened for market.
- the end or conclusion; the final part or last stage.
- the end of a hunt, race, etc.: a close finish.
- a decisive ending: a fight to the finish.
- the quality of being finished or completed with smoothness, elegance, etc.: to admire the finish of one's writing.
- educational or social polish.
- the manner in which an object is perfected or finished in its preparation, or an effect imparted in finishing.
- the surface coating or texture of wood, metal, etc.
- something used or serving to finish, complete, or perfect a thing.
- woodwork or the like, especially in the interior of a building, not essential to the structure but used for purposes of ornament, neatness, etc.: a finish of black walnut.
- Also called finish coat, finishing coat. a final coat of plaster or paint.
- a material for application in finishing.
- Animal Husbandry. the fat tissue of livestock.
- the flavor remaining in the mouth after a wine has been swallowed.
- 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.
Origin of finish
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Examples from the Web for finished
He finished second in 2008 behind John McCain, and maintains a reservoir of good will among Republican social conservatives.
Pat Robertson finished second in the 1988 Iowa caucus, and it was all downhill from there.
They finished out the tour without incident, while newspapers across the country picked up the story.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
December 28, 2014
When I finished this talk, a government official approached me.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
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December 26, 2014
“Please,” he laughed, handing me the map after he was finished sketching.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
"I've just finished," said Percival, glancing down the last sheet.
The public offices at Albany were finished shortly after my arrival.
When he finished, he said, "Now tell me where you keep your vegetables, Uncle Paul?"Brave and Bold
At last the vexatious work was finished, and he was free again.
Finished our bacon this morning, and for the future will only have damper and tea.
- (predicative) at the end of a task, activity, etcthey were finished by four
- (predicative) without further hope of success or continuationshe was finished as a prima ballerina
- to bring to an end; complete, conclude, or stop
- (intr sometimes foll by up) to be at or come to the end; use up
- to bring to a desired or complete condition
- to put a particular surface texture on (wood, cloth, etc)
- (often foll by off) to destroy or defeat completely
- to train (a person) in social graces and talents
- (intr foll by with)
- to end a relationship or association
- to stop punishing a personI haven't finished with you yet!
- the final or last stage or part; end
- the death, destruction, or absolute defeat of a person or one side in a conflicta fight to the finish
- the person, event, or thing that brings this about
- the surface texture or appearance of wood, cloth, etca rough finish
- a preparation, such as varnish, used to produce such a texture
- a thing, event, etc, that completes
- completeness and high quality of workmanship
- refinement in social graces
- sport ability to sprint at the end of a racehe has a good finish
Word Origin and History for finished
1779, "that which finishes or gives completion," from finish (v.). Meaning "the end" is from 1790. Finish line attested from 1873.
late 14c., "to bring to an end;" mid-15c., "to come to an end," from Old French finiss-, present participle stem of fenir (13c.) "stop, finish, come to an end, die," from Latin finire "to limit, set bounds, put an end to, come to an end," from finis "boundary, limit, border, end," of unknown origin, perhaps related to figere "to fasten, fix" (see fix). Meaning "to kill" is from 1755. Related: Finished; finishing. Finishing school is from 1836.