Definition and Meanings for finish

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Finish is ranked 3,794 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of finish

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, intransitive verb, noun

Etymology of finish

f. finir (with a stem finiss- in several forms, whence e. -ish: see -ish.),fr. l. finire to limit, finish, end, fr. finis boundary, limit, end; perh. for fidnis, and akin findere to cleave, e. fissure

Meaning of finish


as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate.
  • to bestow the last required labor upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labor upon; to perfect; to accomplish; to polish.

as intransitive verb

  • to come to an end; to terminate.
  • to end; to die.

as noun

  • that which finishes, puts an end to
  • the joiner work and other finer work required for the completion of a building, especially of the interior. see inside finish, and outside finish.
  • the labor required to give final completion to any work; hence, minute detail, careful elaboration, or the like.;see finishing coat, under finishing.
  • the result of completed labor, as on the surface of an object; manner or style of finishing; as, a rough, dead, or glossy finish given to cloth, stone, metal, etc.
  • completion; -- opposed to start, or beginning.
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