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English definition of “finish”

finish

verb (COMPLETE/END)    /ˈfɪn.ɪʃ/
A1 [I or T] to complete something or come to the end of an activity: I'll call you when I've finished my homework. Please place your questionnaire in the box when you've finished. She finished (the concert) with a song from her first album. She finished second (= in second place) in the finals. [+ -ing verb] Have you finished reading that magazine? They've already run out of money and the building isn't even half-finished (= half of it has not been completed).Causing something to endComing to an end A1 [I] to end: The meeting should finish around four o'clock. The play finishes with a song.Causing something to endComing to an end B1 [T] to eat, drink, or use something completely so that none remains: Make sure she finishes her dinner. He finished his drink and left. We finished (= ate all of) the pie last night.Using and misusing Grammar:End or finish?We use the verbs end and finish in similar ways, to mean ‘come to a stop’:See more
(Definition of finish verb (COMPLETE/END) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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