- pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.
- ultimate: The final goal is world peace.
- conclusive or decisive: a final decision.
- constituting the end or purpose: a final result.
- pertaining to or expressing the end or purpose: a final clause.
- precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon: The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final.
- determining all issues presented, so that no further decision upon the merits of the issues is necessary: a final judgment or decree.
- Phonetics. occurring at the end of a word or syllable, as the (t) sound in bit or bite.
- that which is last; that which forms an end or termination.
- Often finals.
- the last and decisive game, match, contest, or round in a series, as in sports.
- the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.
- the last edition of a newspaper published on any day.
- Music. the tonic note of a church mode.
Origin of final
SynonymsSee more synonyms for final on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for final
The program has not made a final selection on which upgrades will actually be included in future versions of the F-35.Pentagon Misfires in Stealth Jet Scandal
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It used to carry livestock but sailed its final voyage with a hold full of Syrian men, women, and children.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
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This final episode of Extras is the perfect Christmastime escape for those who prefer the bittersweet to the saccharine.The Top 10 Nontraditional Christmas TV Episodes
December 25, 2014
The Newsroom aired its final episode on Sunday, already an eternity ago in news-cycle terms.A Few Great Men Too Many: Aaron Sorkin Doesn’t Think You Can Handle the Truth
December 21, 2014
"Settle the best you can," was his final direction to Coplen.
When they had gone, he went back to the work of final adjustment.
When he had eaten, he sat with his coffee for a final smoke of deliberation.
It has, moreover, received the final stamp of scientific approval.'Tis Sixty Years Since
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The final volume, by her own request, she received in print.De Libris: Prose and Verse
- of or occurring at the end; concluding; ultimate; last
- having no possibility for further discussion, action, or change; conclusive; decisivea final decree of judgment
- relating to or constituting an end or purposea final clause may be introduced by ``in order to''
- phonetics at the end of a word``cat'' has a final ``t'' Compare medial (def. 1), initial (def. 1)
- music another word for perfect (def. 9b)
- a terminal or last thing; end
- a deciding contest between the winners of previous rounds in a competition
- music the tonic note of a church mode
Word Origin and History for final
early 14c., from Old French final and directly from Latin finalis "of or pertaining to an end, concluding, final," from finis "end" (see finish). As a noun, late 14c., "that which comes last;" meaning "final contest" in a sporting sense is from 1880. As a shortening of final examination, from 1880.
Idioms and Phrases with final
see in the final analysis.