verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
- finis coronat opus,
- finish line,
- finisher card,
Origin of finish
Examples from the Web for finish
I had been studying abroad in London, and came back to finish the semester at Tufts.
In 2008 and 2012, Huckabee and Santorum, respectively won the Iowa Caucus, but did not make it to the finish line.
“We would love to finish what we started some years ago,” Branson told journalists at a news conference with notable hesitancy.You Were Wrong About Miley & Bitcoin: 2014’s Failed Predictions|Nina Strochlic|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finish the sauce by putting the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries|Carla Hall|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He said, “I am breaking my heart over this story, and cannot bear to finish it.”
I am sorry, but I —— not be able to finish the work before next week.Business English|Rose Buhlig
The chapters in the same way often fail to finish the subject with which they deal, and sometimes include several subjects.Study of Child Life|Marion Foster Washburne
Wine, lights, solitude in which to finish our game and a roaring good opportunity to sleep afterwards.Dark Hollow|Anna Katherine Green
But Miss Parker had not waited for him to finish; she was already on her way to the carryall.Thankful's Inheritance|Joseph C. Lincoln
You just run right into your study, Mr. Elliot, and finish your sermon; and there's a pan of hot doughnuts on the kitchen table.An Alabaster Box|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and Florence Morse Kingsley
verb (mainly tr)
- to end a relationship or association
- to stop punishing a personI haven't finished with you yet!
- 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
Word Origin for finish
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.
1779, "that which finishes or gives completion," from finish (v.). Meaning "the end" is from 1790. Finish line attested from 1873.
see from soup to nuts (start to finish); in at the death (finish).