[ fin-isht ]
/ ˈfɪn ɪʃt /


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

First recorded in 1575–85; finish + -ed2

Related forms

half-fin·ished, adjectivewell-fin·ished, adjective

Definition for finished (2 of 2)

Origin of finish

1300–50; Middle English finisshen < Anglo-French, Middle French finiss-, long stem of finir < Latin fīnīre to end. See fine1

Related forms

fin·ish·er, nounnon·fin·ish·ing, adjective, nounpre·fin·ish, verb (used with object), noun

Can be confused

Finnish finish

Synonym study

13. See end1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for finished

British Dictionary definitions for finished (1 of 2)


/ (ˈfɪnɪʃt) /


(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

British Dictionary definitions for finished (2 of 2)


/ (ˈfɪnɪʃ) /

verb (mainly tr)


Word Origin for finish

C14: from Old French finir, from Latin fīnīre see fine 1
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Idioms and Phrases with finished


see from soup to nuts (start to finish); in at the death (finish).

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