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
Examples from the Web for finishing
Contemporary Examples of finishing
And much of the credit to her transformation is owed to a finishing school that caters to women just like her.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
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
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'
September 28, 2014
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
September 8, 2014
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
September 6, 2014
Historical Examples of finishing
Something in her heart or her throat prevented Hester from finishing the sentence.
When she re-entered he sat as if he were only finishing the glass she had left him with.
In the hurry of finishing, some of the woodwork had but one coat of paint.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
The wine coming at the moment prevented his finishing the sentence.The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
And it seemed to Eve as if this crime gave a finishing touch to her own misfortune.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
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).