Synonyms for (noun) finish

finish, finishing

the act of finishing

his best finish in a major tournament was third; the speaker's finishing was greeted with applause

finish, finishing, coating

a decorative texture or appearance of a surface (or the substance that gives it that appearance)

the boat had a metallic finish; he applied a coat of a clear finish; when the finish is too thin it is difficult to apply evenly

LESS SPECIFIC: decorativeness


(wine tasting) the taste of a wine on the back of the tongue (as it is swallowed)

the wine has a nutty flavor and a pleasant finish

ending, finish, conclusion

event whose occurrence ends something

his death marked the ending of an era; when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show


the downfall of someone (as of persons on one side of a conflict)

booze will be the finish of him; it was a fight to the finish

LESS SPECIFIC: ruin, ruination, downfall


designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)

excitement grew as the finish neared; my horse was several lengths behind at the finish; the winner is the team with the most points at the finish

finish, destination, goal

the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)

a crowd assembled at the finish; he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view

LESS SPECIFIC: end, terminal

cultivation, culture, finish, refinement, polish

a highly developed state of perfection; having a flawless or impeccable quality

they performed with great polish; I admired the exquisite refinement of his prose; almost an inspiration which gives to all work that finish which is almost art--Joseph Conrad

conclusion, finale, finis, finish, last, stopping point, close

the temporal end; the concluding time

the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell; the market was up at the finish; they were playing better at the close of the season

LESS SPECIFIC: end, ending

Synonyms for (verb) finish


cause to finish a relationship with somebody

That finished me with Mary

LESS SPECIFIC: end, terminate

fetch up, finish, finish up, end up, wind up, land up

finally be or do something

He ended up marrying his high school sweetheart; he wound up being unemployed and living at home again

LESS SPECIFIC: move, act

finish, complete

come or bring to a finish or an end

He finished the dishes; She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree; The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours

LESS SPECIFIC: end, terminate

eat up, finish, polish off

finish eating all the food on one's plate or on the table

She polished off the remaining potatoes



provide with a finish

The carpenter finished the table beautifully; this shirt is not finished properly

LESS SPECIFIC: surface, coat