Definition of final noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfaɪnl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaɪnl//
    Exams and degrees
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  1. 1  [countable] the last of a series of games or competitions in which the winner is decided She reached the final of the 100m hurdles. The players met in last year's final. the 2014 World Cup Finals (= the last few games in the competition) They will now go through to the final. The winner of each contest goes through to the grand final. see also quarter-final, semi-final
  2. 2finals [plural] (British English) the last exams taken by university students at the end of their final year to sit/take your finals See related entries: Exams and degrees
  3. 3[countable] (North American English) an exam taken by school, university or college students at the end of a semester or quarter, usually in a topic that they will not study again
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (in the adjectival sense ‘conclusive’): from Old French, or from Latin finalis, from finis ‘end’. Compare with finish.Extra examples He got through to the grand final of the competition. If we play well, we hope to make it to the final. Never before have two countries hosted the finals. Russia met Canada in the final. Scotland met Wales in the final at Twickenham. Who is in the men’s final? She will go through to the final with Robbins. The country will stage next year’s World Cup finals. The players met in last year’s final. The winners will go on to the regional final on August 5.
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