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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)







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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 ​placeyourquestionnaire 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 ​slowmotion.

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  • finish noun [C] (WOOD)

the ​condition of the ​surface of a ​material such as ​wood: Look at the ​beautifulshiny 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 ​woodslightly.
(Definition of finish from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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finishverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈfɪnɪʃ/
STOCK MARKET to end at a particular ​level or ​price at the end of a ​period of ​trading on a ​financialmarket: finish down/up The FTSE 100 finished down 4.1 at 4,468.7.finish above/below sth The Dow Jones ​industrialaverage 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 dayhigher after a ​positivestart 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 ​financialyear £56 million in ​deficit.

finishnoun

uk   us   /ˈfɪnɪʃ/
[S] STOCK MARKET the end of a ​period of ​trading on a ​financialmarket: The ​marketsended 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 ​touristindustry.
[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 ​printedpresentation.
[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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