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English noun: finish

1. finish (attribute) a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)

SamplesThe boat had a metallic finish.
He applied a coat of a clear finish.
When the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly.

Synonymscoating, finishing

Broader (hypernym)decorativeness

Narrower (hyponym)glaze, shoeshine

2. finish (time) the temporal end; the concluding time

SamplesThe stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell.
The market was up at the finish.
They were playing better at the close of the season.

Synonymsclose, conclusion, finale, finis, last, stopping point

Broader (hypernym)end, ending

3. finish (state) a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

SamplesThey performed with great polish.
I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose.
Almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art.

Synonymscultivation, culture, polish, refinement

Broader (hypernym)flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection

4. finish (location) the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)

SamplesA crowd assembled at the finish.
He was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view.

Synonymsdestination, goal

Broader (hypernym)end, terminal

Narrower (hyponym)finish line, finishing line

5. finish (event) designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)

SamplesExcitement grew as the finish neared.
My horse was several lengths behind at the finish.
The winner is the team with the most points at the finish.

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)draw, photo finish, runner-up finish, second-place finish, standoff, third-place finish, tie

6. finish (event) the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict)

SamplesBooze will be the finish of him.
It was a fight to the finish.

Broader (hypernym)downfall, ruin, ruination

7. finish (event) event whose occurrence ends something

SamplesHis death marked the ending of an era.
When these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show.

Synonymsconclusion, ending

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)defeat, demolition, destruction, end, final result, final stage, foregone conclusion, halt, last, licking, matter of course, omega, outcome, result, resultant, stop, termination, triumph, victory, wipeout, Z


8. finish (cognition) (wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)

SamplesThe wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish.

Broader (hypernym)gustatory perception, gustatory sensation, taste, taste perception, taste sensation

Domain categorytasting

9. finish (act) the act of finishing

SamplesHis best finish in a major tournament was third.
The speaker's finishing was greeted with applause.


Broader (hypernym)closing, completion, culmination, mop up, windup

Narrower (hyponym)close, closing curtain, finale, finis

Antonymscommencement, beginning, start

English verb: finish

1. finish (change) come or bring to a finish or an end

SamplesHe finished the dishes.
She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree.
The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours.

ExamplesThey finish moving


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

Narrower (hyponym)accomplish, action, carry out, carry out, carry through, clear up, close, execute, finish off, finish out, finish up, follow out, follow through, follow up, fulfil, fulfill, get through, go through, implement, mop up, polish off, put through, round out, see through, top, top off, wrap up

2. finish (change) finally be or do something

SamplesHe ended up marrying his high school sweetheart.
He wound up being unemployed and living at home again.

Synonymsend up, fetch up, finish up, land up, wind up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)act, move

3. finish (stative) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

SamplesThe bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed.
Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other.
My property ends by the bushes.
The symphony ends in a pianissimo.

Synonymscease, end, stop, terminate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Narrower (hyponym)adjourn, break, break up, climax, close, come out, conclude, culminate, cut out, disappear, disappear, discontinue, go, go away, go out, lapse, pass away, recess, run low, run out, run short, turn out, vanish, vanish

Antonymsbegin, start

4. finish (contact) provide with a finish

SamplesThe carpenter finished the table beautifully.
This shirt is not finished properly.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)coat, surface

Narrower (hyponym)broom, dress

5. finish (consumption) finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table

SamplesShe polished off the remaining potatoes.

ExamplesThey finish more bread

Synonymseat up, polish off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)eat

Narrower (hyponym)put away, tuck away, tuck in

6. finish (change) cause to finish a relationship with somebody

SamplesThat finished me with Mary.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)end, terminate

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