Synonyms of finish in English:


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1‘Mrs Porter had just finished the task’


complete, end, conclude, close, bring to a conclusion, bring to an end, bring to a close, consummate, finalize, bring to fruition

crown, cap, set the seal on, round off, put the finishing touches to

stop, cease, terminate

accomplish, execute, discharge, carry out, deal with, do, get done, fulfil

informal wind up, wrap up, sew up, polish off, knock off


start, leave unfinished

2‘Hitch finished his dinner and got up’


consume, eat, devour, drink, finish off, polish off, gulp, gulp down, guzzle, quaff

use, use up, exhaust, empty, deplete, drain, expend, dispatch, dispose of, get through, go through, run through

informal down


start, leave unfinished

3‘when the programme has finished it displays the ‘Press any key’ message’


end, come to an end, stop, conclude, come to a close, come to a conclusion, come to a end, cease, terminate

informal wind up


start, begin

4‘some items were finished in a black lacquer’


varnish, lacquer, veneer, coat, stain, wax, shellac, enamel, put a finish on, glaze, give a shine to, gloss, polish, burnish, smooth off

5‘she went to Switzerland to finish her education’


perfect, polish, refine, put the final touches to, put the finishing touches to, crown


1‘a party to celebrate the finish of filming’


end, ending, completion, conclusion, close, closing, cessation, finalization, termination

final part, final stage, final act, finale, denouement, last stages

accomplishment, execution, fulfilment, realization, achievement, consummation, resolution, fruition

informal winding up, wind-up, sewing up, polishing off


start, beginning

2‘it was a real gallop to the finish’


finishing line, finishing post, tape, end point

3‘this furniture has a mellow antiquated paint finish’


veneer, lacquer, lamination, coating, covering, coat

surface, texture, grain

glaze, lustre, gloss, polish, shine, patina


    finish someone/something off

      1‘the executioners finished them off with bayonets’


      kill, cause the death of, end the life of, take the life of, destroy, execute, annihilate, exterminate, liquidate, put an end to, do away with, dispose of, get rid of, eradicate, deliver the coup de grâce to


      wipe out, do in, bump off, polish off, knock off, top, take out, croak, stiff, blow away

      North American informal

      ice, off, rub out, waste, whack

      2‘financial difficulties finished off the business’


      overpower, overwhelm, overcome, defeat, get the better of, best, worst, rout, conquer, bring down


      drive to the wall