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  1. ended or completed.
  2. completed or perfected in all details, as a product: to pack and ship finished items.
  3. polished to the highest degree of excellence: a dazzling and finished piece of writing.
  4. highly skilled or accomplished: a finished violinist.
  5. condemned, doomed, or in the process of extinction: The aristocracy was finished after the revolution.
  6. (of livestock) fattened and ready for market.
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Origin of finished

First recorded in 1575–85; finish + -ed2
Related formshalf-fin·ished, adjectivewell-fin·ished, adjective
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Examples from the Web for half-finished

Historical Examples of half-finished

  • He glanced at the half-finished letter that lay on his wife's desk.

    The Film of Fear

    Arnold Fredericks

  • I had only half-finished my dinner, and it was time for me to be at the shop.

    Real Ghost Stories

    William T. Stead

  • I cannot leave a half-finished work—I cannot and I will not!

    The Home

    Fredrika Bremer

  • All about the house, everywhere, there are half-finished things.

    How to Succeed

    Orison Swett Marden

  • He stood before his easel, on which rested a half-finished canvas.

British Dictionary definitions for half-finished


  1. only partially completeda half-finished jigsaw puzzle
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  1. perfected
  2. (predicative) at the end of a task, activity, etcthey were finished by four
  3. (predicative) without further hope of success or continuationshe was finished as a prima ballerina
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