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.
Origin of finish
Synonyms for finish
Related Words for finishaccomplishment, ending, finale, defeat, appearance, surface, do, accomplish, end, complete, conclude, stop, clinch, settle, close, make, achieve, go, spend, overcome
Examples from the Web for finish
Contemporary Examples of finish
I had been studying abroad in London, and came back to finish the semester at Tufts.Everyone at This Dinner Party Has Lost Someone
January 6, 2015
In 2008 and 2012, Huckabee and Santorum, respectively won the Iowa Caucus, but did not make it to the finish line.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
“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
December 31, 2014
Finish the sauce by putting the roasting pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
He said, “I am breaking my heart over this story, and cannot bear to finish it.”How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Historical Examples of finish
You can finish making up your mind on the way to Harlowe House.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
It was the marshal calling to them that Andrew was gone and inviting them in to finish him.
He would go in, he would overhaul Sally, and then finish the chase with a play of revolvers.
But generally speaking, it does escape them, and lives to finish its task.
If he looked ahead he would see what we idiomatically know as his "finish."
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).