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
Related formsfin·ish·er, nounnon·fin·ish·ing, adjective, nounpre·fin·ish, verb (used with object), noun
Can be confusedFinnish finish
Examples from the Web for finishing
And much of the credit to her transformation is owed to a finishing school that caters to women just like her.
After finishing breakfast, we pile back into the truck and head toward the checkpoint.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley|Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Ryan Coogler first pitched me the idea when we were just finishing Fruitvale Station.Michael B. Jordan: Playing a Black Superhero in 'Fantastic Four' Is a 'Huge Responsibility'|Kevin Fallon|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We filmed Joan over a 14-month period, beginning on her 75th birthday and finishing this past summer 2009.The Directors of Joan Rivers Documentary 'A Piece of Work' Remember Its Star|Kevin Fallon|September 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We were finishing steaks at a motel dining room, washing them down with beer, when the waitress could stand it no longer.Football Great Bob Suffridge Wanders Through the End Zone of Life|Paul Hemphill|September 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And Robineau heaved a sigh—which did not prevent his finishing his ice.The White House (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XII)|Charles Paul de Kock
After finishing his operatic career he became a professor of singing at the Conservatoire.Famous Singers of To-day and Yesterday|Henry C. Lahee
It is this social-political realism which gives the finishing stroke to all utopism and revolutionism.Socialism and the Social Movement in the 19th Century|Werner Sombart
All of the boys are at college, finishing their education, and all are as wideawake as ever, and Tom is just as full of merriment.The Rover Boys in the Air|Edward Stratemeyer
Stuyvesant did not look up at once after finishing the letter.Ray's Daughter|Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for finishing (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for finishing (2 of 2)
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
Idioms and Phrases with finishing
see from soup to nuts (start to finish); in at the death (finish).