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finishverb

uk   /ˈfɪn.ɪʃ/ us   /ˈfɪn.ɪʃ/
  • finish verb (COMPLETE/END)

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're 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).
A1 [I] to end: The meeting should finish around four o'clock. The play finishes with a wedding.
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.

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  • finish verb (WOOD)

[T] If you finish something made of wood, you give it a last covering of paint, polish, or varnish so that it is ready to be used.

finishnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfɪn.ɪʃ/ us   /ˈfɪn.ɪʃ/
  • finish noun [C] (COMPLETE/END)

B1 the end of a race, or the last part of something: a close finish They replayed the finish in slow motion.

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  • finish noun [C] (WOOD)

the condition of the surface of a material such as wood: Look at the beautiful shiny finish on that piano.
the last covering of varnish, polish, or paint, that is put onto something: Even a clear finish will alter the colour of wood slightly.
(Definition of finish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"finish" in American English

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finishverb [I/T]

us   /ˈfɪn·ɪʃ/
to come to an end: [I] The meeting should finish at four o’clock. [T] If you’ll let me finish my sentence, I’ll explain it to you.
To finish can also mean to complete something: [I] She didn’t win but she did finish second. [T] Have you finished that magazine?
To finish can also mean to use completely: [T] We may as well finish the rest of this pasta.

finishnoun [C]

us   /ˈfɪn·ɪʃ/
the end of a race, or the last part of something: Both candidates are predicting a close finish in this election.
A finish is the appearance of the surface of something or the last covering, as of paint, put onto it: a glossy finish
(Definition of finish from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"finish" in Business English

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finishverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈfɪnɪʃ/ us  
STOCK MARKET to end at a particular level or price at the end of a period of trading on a financial market: finish down/up The FTSE 100 finished down 4.1 at 4,468.7.finish above/below sth The Dow Jones industrial average finished below 13,000 for the first time since April.finish at sth Its stock finished at $39.08, up 25 percent from a 52-week low of $31.15. Headline shares finished the day higher after a positive start to the week.
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to be in a particular position at the end of a period of time: The company finished the financial year £56 million in deficit.

finishnoun

uk   /ˈfɪnɪʃ/ us  
[S] STOCK MARKET the end of a period of trading on a financial market: The markets ended the week with a strong finish.
[S] the fact of being in a particular position at the end of a period of time: There were signs of a positive finish to the year for the tourist industry.
[C] the way that something looks when it is complete: The use of good-quality paper and an attractive folder will add a professional finish to your printed presentation.
[C] the last covering of paint, etc. that is put onto a surface: All these items are available in a range of finishes.
(Definition of finish from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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