from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Brought to a state of completion.
  • adjective In a state of having completed something.
  • adjective Exhibiting a high degree of skill or refinement.
  • adjective Highly accomplished or skilled; polished.
  • adjective Doomed to death or destruction.
  • adjective Having no more use, value, or potential; washed-up.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Polished to the highest degree of excellence; complete; perfect: as, a finished poem; a finished education.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Polished to the highest degree of excellence; complete; perfect
  • adjective (Mach.) work that is made smooth or polished, though not necessarily completed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Processed or perfected.
  • adjective Terminated; over; done for.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of finish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective ended or brought to an end
  • adjective (of materials or goods) brought to the desired final state
  • adjective brought to ruin
  • adjective (of skills or the products of skills) brought to or having the greatest excellence; perfected
  • adjective having a surface coating or finish applied


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