I. verb Etymology: Middle English finisshen, from Anglo-French finiss-, stem of finir, from Latin finire, from finis Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to come to an end ; terminate b. end 1b 2. a. to come to the end of a course, task, or undertaking b. to end relations — used with with <
decided to finish with him for good
3. to end a competition in a specified manner or position <
finished third in the race
transitive verb 1. a. to bring to an end ; terminate <
finished the speech and sat down
b. to use or dispose of entirely <
her sandwich finished the loaf
2. a. to bring to completion or issue <
hope to finish their new home before winter
b. to provide with a finish; especially to put a final coat or surface on <
finish a table with varnish
3. a. to defeat or ruin utterly and finally <
the scandal finished his career
b. to bring about the death of Synonyms: see closefinisher noun II. noun Date: 1779 1. something that completes or perfects: as a. the fine or decorative work required for a building or one of its parts b. a finishing material used in painting c. the final treatment or coating of a surface d. the taste in the mouth after swallowing a beverage (as wine) 2. a. final stage ; end b. the cause of one's ruin 3. the result or product of a finishing process <
a glossy finish
4. the quality or state of being perfected

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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