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verb finish pronunciation in American English /ˈfɪnɪʃ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyfinish
he/she/itfinishes
present participlefinishing
past tensefinished
past participlefinished
  1. 1

    finish

    or

    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

      All classes finish at noon today.

      The game finished with the score tied .

  2. 2

    finish

    or

    finish off

    or

    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.

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  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.

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  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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