Meaning of FINISH in English


Pronunciation: ' fi-nish

Function: 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 < finish ed third in the race>

transitive verb

1 a : to bring to an end : TERMINATE < finish ed the speech and sat down> b : to use or dispose of entirely <her sandwich finish ed 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 finish ed his career> b : to bring about the death of

synonyms see CLOSE

– fin · ish · er noun

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.