Definition of finish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    finish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪnɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪnɪʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they finish
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪnɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪnɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it finishes
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪnɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪnɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple finished
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪnɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪnɪʃt//
     
    past participle finished
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪnɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪnɪʃt//
     
    -ing form finishing
    BrE BrE//ˈfɪnɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɪnɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  [transitive, intransitive] to stop doing something or making something because it is complete finish (something) Haven't you finished your homework yet? She finished law school last year. I thought you'd never finish! I’ll just finish the chapter then I’ll come. a beautifully finished piece of furniture He put the finishing touches to his painting (= did the things that made it complete). finish doing something Be quiet! He hasn't finished speaking. + speech ‘And that was all,’ she finished. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
  2. 2  [intransitive, transitive] to come to an end; to bring something to an end The play finished at 10.30. finish with something The symphony finishes with a flourish. finish something A cup of coffee finished the meal perfectly. Express YourselfWrapping up a discussionIn a formal meeting or conference, you may have to bring the session to a close. Here are some ways to get people to stop speaking: I’m afraid time is running out/​we’re running out of time, so we'll have to make this the final question. We've only got a couple of minutes left, so can we summarize what we've agreed? I'd like to close the session with a few final remarks… We'll have to leave it there, but thank you all very much for your input. Well, that's all we have time for today, but we'll meet again on Tuesday. I'd like to thank you all for coming and for a very productive meeting.
  3. 3  [transitive] finish something (off/up) to eat, drink or use what remains of something He finished off his drink with one large gulp. We might as well finish up the cake.
  4. 4  [intransitive] to be in a particular state or position at the end of a race or a competition + adj. She was delighted to finish second. The dollar finished the day slightly down. + adv./prep. He finished 12 seconds outside the world record.
  5. 5[transitive] finish somebody (off) (informal) to make somebody so tired or impatient that they cannot do any more Climbing that hill really finished me off. A lecture from my parents now would just finish me.
  6. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French feniss-, lengthened stem of fenir, from Latin finire, from finis ‘end’.Extra examples ‘I had no idea…’ I finished lamely. Have you finished with the vacuum cleaner yet? I need it. He finished by telling us about his trip to Spain. He finished off by welcoming new arrivals to the school. I quickly finished my tea. Let me just finish what I’m doing. She had just finished dressing when the telephone rang. The evening finished with a few songs. Be quiet! He hasn’t finished speaking. Haven’t you finished your homework yet? I thought you’d never finish! I’ll just finish the chapter, then I’ll come. Peter finished Jane’s sentence for her. She put the finishing touches to her painting. We might as well finish up the cake—there isn’t much left. We’ll go out after you’ve finished your dinner. Phrasal Verbsfinish off somebodyfinish somethingofffinish up…finish with somebodyfinish with somethingfinish (up) with something
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