final

[fahyn-l]

adjective

noun


Origin of final

1300–50; 1915–20 for def 10; Middle English < Latin fīnālis, equivalent to fīn(is) end + -ālis -al1
Related formspseu·do·fi·nal, adjectivepseu·do·fi·nal·ly, adverbqua·si-fi·nal, adjective

Synonyms for final

1. See last1. 3. definite, irrevocable, irreversible, unalterable.

Antonyms for final

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Examples from the Web for final

Contemporary Examples of final

Historical Examples of final

  • "Settle the best you can," was his final direction to Coplen.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • When they had gone, he went back to the work of final adjustment.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • When he had eaten, he sat with his coffee for a final smoke of deliberation.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • It has, moreover, received the final stamp of scientific approval.

    'Tis Sixty Years Since

    Charles Francis Adams

  • The final volume, by her own request, she received in print.



British Dictionary definitions for final

final

adjective

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)

noun

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
See also finals

Word Origin for final

C14: from Latin fīnālis, from fīnis limit, boundary
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Word Origin and History for final
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with final

final

see in the final analysis.

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