Definition of finite adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfaɪnaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfaɪnaɪt//
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  1. 1having a definite limit or fixed size a finite number of possibilities The world's resources are finite. opposite infinite
  2. 2 (grammar) a finite verb form or clause shows a particular tense, person and number ‘Am’, ‘is’, ‘are’, ‘was’ and ‘were’ are the finite forms of ‘be’; ‘being’ and ‘been’ are the non-finite forms. opposite non-finite
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin finitus ‘finished’, past participle of finire, from finis ‘end’.
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