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- enPR: fĭn'ĭsh
- IPA (key): /ˈfɪnɪʃ/
- SAMPA: /"fInIS/
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- Homophone: Finnish
- (transitive & intransitive) If something finishes, it stops and doesn't start again; it comes to the end.
- I finish work at 4:30 and I get home at 5:00.
- In June of 1992 I had just finished university and I was looking for a job.
- She finished off her homework and put it away.
- Finish up your lunch quickly, please.
- (transitive) If something finishes somebody off, it uses all their energy or it kills them.
- That last run around the track completely finished me off.
- (transitive) If you finish something up, you use the last of it.
- I finished up the milk this morning. There's none left.
- If you are finished with something, you don't need it anymore.
- (transitive) If you finish the surface of something, especially wood, you make it smooth and ready to use.
- (countable) The finish is the last part or end of something.
- As the runners come to the finish, they are side by side.
- It was a good day from start to finish.
- (countable & uncountable) The finish is the way a surface looks after it has been made smooth and ready to use.
- The oil gives the wood a smooth, deep finish.