part of speech: verb

inflections: finishes, finishing, finished

definition 1: to reach or cause the end of; complete.

  • Let’s take a swim when we finish school today.
  • Did you finish that book?

synonyms: close, complete, conclude, end, terminate, wind up

antonyms: begin

definition 2: to completely use up or eat (often followed by “up” or “off”).

  • Someone finished off the last of the cake.

synonyms: polish off, use up

definition 3: to put a polish on or coat the surface of.

  • She finished the old oak floors to protect them.

synonyms: lacquer, varnish


part of speech: noun

definition 1: the end or last part of something.

  • It was a long movie, but we watched it to the finish.

synonyms: close, completion, conclusion, end

antonyms: start

definition 2: the coating on or texture of a hard surface.

  • The car’s finish is badly scratched.

synonyms: polish

derivation: finisher (n.)