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verb finish pronunciation in British English /ˈfɪnɪʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlefinishing
past tensefinished
past participlefinished
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  1. 1



    finish off

    [intransitive/transitive] to do the last part of something so that it is complete
    I’ve nearly finished my work.
    I wish you’d let me finish my sentence!
    finish doing something: She had just finished dressing the children when the phone rang.
    1. a.
      to stop happening
      Lessons finish at midday.
      The game finished with the score at 1–1.
  2. 2



    finish off


    finish up

    [transitive] to eat, drink, or use all of something so that there is none left
    We finished a bottle of wine between us.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to be in a particular position at the end of a race or competition
    finish first/second etc: She finished fifth.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to rub a surface, or to put a substance on it, in order to make it smooth and attractive
    The table was beautifully finished.


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