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English definition of “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 read ing 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’:
(Definition of finish verb (COMPLETE/END) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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