Origin of finished
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 finishedflawless, polished, realized, full, satisfied, ended, decided, stopped, closed, settled, resolved, concluded, empty, lost, spent, smooth, accomplished, consummate, perfected, cultured
Examples from the Web for finished
Contemporary Examples of finished
He finished second in 2008 behind John McCain, and maintains a reservoir of good will among Republican social conservatives.
Pat Robertson finished second in the 1988 Iowa caucus, and it was all downhill from there.
They finished out the tour without incident, while newspapers across the country picked up the story.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
December 28, 2014
When I finished this talk, a government official approached me.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism
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December 26, 2014
“Please,” he laughed, handing me the map after he was finished sketching.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Historical Examples of finished
"I've just finished," said Percival, glancing down the last sheet.
The public offices at Albany were finished shortly after my arrival.
When he finished, he said, "Now tell me where you keep your vegetables, Uncle Paul?"Brave and Bold
At last the vexatious work was finished, and he was free again.
Finished our bacon this morning, and for the future will only have damper and tea.
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
1779, "that which finishes or gives completion," from finish (v.). Meaning "the end" is from 1790. Finish line attested from 1873.
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.
see from soup to nuts (start to finish); in at the death (finish).