n. 25B6; verb
Mrs Porter had just finished the task : COMPLETE, end, conclude, stop, cease, terminate, bring to a conclusion/end/close, wind up; crown, cap, round off, put the finishing touches to; accomplish, discharge, carry out, do, get done, fulfil; informal wrap up, sew up, polish off.
Sarah has finished school : LEAVE, give up, drop; stop, discontinue, have done with, complete; informal pack in, quit.
Hitch finished his dinner : CONSUME, eat, devour, drink, finish off, polish off, gulp (down); use (up), exhaust, empty, drain, get through, run through; informal down.
the programme has finished : END, come to an end, stop, conclude, come to a conclusion/end/close, cease.
some items were finished in a black lacquer : VARNISH, lacquer, veneer, coat, stain, wax, shellac, enamel, glaze.
start, begin, continue.
the finish of filming : END, ending, completion, conclusion, close, closing, cessation, termination; final part/stage, finale, denouement; informal sewing up, polishing off.
a gallop to the finish : FINISHING LINE/POST, tape.
an antiquated paint finish : VENEER, lacquer, lamination, glaze, coating, covering; surface, texture.
25A0; finish someone/something off
the executioners finished them off : KILL, take/end the life of, execute, terminate, exterminate, liquidate, get rid of; informal wipe out, do in, bump off, take out, dispose of, do away with; N. Amer. informal ice, rub out, waste.
financial difficulties finished off the business : OVERWHELM, overcome, defeat, get the better of, worst, bring down; informal drive to the wall, best.