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Meaning of “final” in the English Dictionary

"final" in British English

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finaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfaɪ.nəl/
A2 last: a final ​warning/​offer the final ​chapters of a ​book the final ​years The ​game is inits finalstages.in the final analysis used when you are ​talking about what is most ​important or ​true in a ​situation: In the final ​analysis, it is the ​drugcompanies that are going to ​profit from this ​policy.that's final used to show that you are ​certain you will not ​changeyourdecision about something: I'm not coming and that's final.

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finalnoun

uk   us   /ˈfaɪ.nəl/
  • final noun (COMPETITION)

B1 [C] the last in a ​series of ​games, ​races, or competitions, usually the one in which the ​winner is ​chosen: Last ​year we got through to the final. The men's ​basketball final will be on ​Sunday.the finals [plural] the last set of ​games in a ​competition: Do you ​think she will make it to the finals this ​year in the US Open?

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  • final noun (EXAM)

finals [plural] UK the ​exams taken at the end of a ​university or ​collegecourse: I'm taking my finals in ​June. The finals ​results have gone up on the ​noticeboard. [C] US (also final exam) a ​test taken on a ​subject at the end of a ​schoolyear or ​collegecourse: The final ​exam for this ​class will be on 21 May. When is ​yourchemistry/​French/​algebra final?
(Definition of final from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"final" in American English

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finaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfɑɪ·nəl/
last: The other ​teamscoredtwice in the final ​minute. The ​recommendation will be ​sent to the City Council for final ​approval. infml I’m not coming and that’s final (= I do not ​want to ​discuss it any ​longer).

finalnoun [C usually pl]

 us   /ˈfɑɪ·nəl/
the last in a ​series of ​games, ​races, or competitions: The women’s ​basketball finals will be on ​Sunday.
finalist
noun [C]  us   /ˈfɑɪn·əl·əst/
a finalist for the ​award
(Definition of final from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"final" in Business English

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finaladjective

uk   us   /ˈfaɪnəl/
last in a ​series, or ​happening for the last ​time: final payment/instalment/dividend Shareholders will get a final ​payment of 30.2p a ​share through the ​issue of redeemable ​shares.final quarter/stage/period Sales ​jumped in the final ​quarter, ​reaching $53.8 million.final warning/notice/reminder He was ​fined two weeks' ​wages and given a final ​warning about his ​conduct.final review/inspection/report The realtor will do a final ​inspection of the ​property on Thursday.
completely decided, with no further ​changes: Our ​offer is final. Once you ​sign the ​agreement it's final.final decision/ruling/judgement The German ​courts are expected to make a final ​ruling in September.
the most ​correct or most complete possible: final estimate/balance/invoice Any ​fees already ​paid will be ​deducted from the final ​balance.final draft/release/version The final ​draftincludesspreadsheets and an ​updatedsalesforecast.final result/product/design Construction will be ​postponed until the ​councilapproves the building's final ​design.
(Definition of final from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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