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 finish finish

noun

  • ( ) a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)  ( coating, finish, finishing )
    a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)
     the boat had a metallic finish
    the boat had a metallic finish
     he applied a coat of a clear finish
    he applied a coat of a clear finish
     when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly
    when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly
  • the act of finishing  ( finish, finishing )
    the act of finishing
     his best finish in a major tournament was third
    his best finish in a major tournament was third
     the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause
    the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause
  • (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)  ( finish )
    (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)
     the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish
    the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish
  • event whose occurrence ends something  ( conclusion, ending, finish )
    event whose occurrence ends something
     his death marked the ending of an era
    his death marked the ending of an era
     when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show
    when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show
  • the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict)  ( finish )
    the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict)
     booze will be the finish of him
    booze will be the finish of him
     it was a fight to the finish
    it was a fight to the finish
  • designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)  ( finish )
    designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)
     excitement grew as the finish neared
    excitement grew as the finish neared
     my horse was several lengths behind at the finish
    my horse was several lengths behind at the finish
     the winner is the team with the most points at the finish
    the winner is the team with the most points at the finish
  • the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)  ( destination, finish, goal )
    the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
     a crowd assembled at the finish
    a crowd assembled at the finish
     he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view
    he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view
  • a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality  ( cultivation, culture, finish, polish, refinement )
    a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality
     they performed with great polish
    they performed with great polish
     I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose
    I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose
     almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art
    almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art
  • the temporal end; the concluding time  ( close, conclusion, finale, finis, finish, last, stopping point )
    the temporal end; the concluding time
     the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell
    the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell
     the market was up at the finish
    the market was up at the finish
     they were playing better at the close of the season
    they were playing better at the close of the season
  • verb

  • ( ) come or bring to a finish or an end  ( complete, finish )
    come or bring to a finish or an end
     He finished the dishes
    He finished the dishes
     She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree
    She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree
     The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours
    The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours
  • ( ) finally be or do something  ( end up, fetch up, finish, finish up, land up, wind up )
    finally be or do something
     He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart
    He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart
     he wound up being unemployed and living at home again
    he wound up being unemployed and living at home again
  • ( ) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical  ( cease, end, finish, stop, terminate )
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
     the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed
    the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed
     Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other
    Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other
     My property ends by the bushes
    My property ends by the bushes
     The symphony ends in a pianissimo
    The symphony ends in a pianissimo
  • ( ) provide with a finish  ( finish )
    provide with a finish
     The carpenter finished the table beautifully
    The carpenter finished the table beautifully
     this shirt is not finished properly
    this shirt is not finished properly
  • ( ) finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table  ( eat up, finish, polish off )
    finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table
     She polished off the remaining potatoes
    She polished off the remaining potatoes
  • cause to finish a relationship with somebody  ( finish )
    cause to finish a relationship with somebody
     That finished me with Mary
    That finished me with Mary


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