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finish

verb
 
 
/ˈfɪnɪʃ/
COMPLETE [I, T] A1 to complete something, or come to the end of an activity: When I finish my homework, can I watch TV? [+ doing sth] Have you finished reading that book yet?Causing something to endComing to an end
END [I] A1 to end: The meeting should finish at five o'clock.Finished and overComing to an endCausing something to end
USE COMPLETELY [T] ( also finish off) B1 to eat, drink, or use something completely: They finished their drinks and left the bar.Using and misusing
finish first/second, etc to be in the first/second, etc winning position at the end of a race or competitionScoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
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