Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “finite”

See all translations

finite

adjective uk   /ˈfaɪ.naɪt/ us  

finite adjective (LIMITED)

C2 having a limit or end: The funds available for the health service are finite and we cannot afford to waste money. We only have a finite amount of time to complete this task - we can't continue indefinitely.

finite adjective (GRAMMAR)

specialized language in a form that shows the tense and subject of a verb, rather than the infinitive form or a participle: In the following sentence "go" is finite: "I often go to the cinema."
Translations of “finite”
in Spanish finito, conjugado…
in French fini, personnel…
in German begrenzt, Verbum finitum…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有限的, 有限制的, 有盡的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有限的, 有限制的, 有尽的…
(Definition of finite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of finite?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “finite”

Definitions of “finite” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pot luck

anything that is available or is found by chance, rather than something chosen, planned, or prepared

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More