Meaning of FINISH in English

I. ˈfi-nish verb

Etymology: Middle English finisshen, from Anglo-French finiss-, stem of finir, from Latin finire, from finis

Date: 14th century

intransitive verb


a. : to come to an end : terminate

b. : end 1b


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


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


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


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

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)


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

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.