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 or something off

    1‘financial difficulties finished off the business’

    overpower, overwhelm, overcome, defeat, get the better of, best, worst, rout, conquer, bring down
    informal drive to the wall

    2‘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
    informal 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