To arrive at or attain the end of: finish a race. To bring to an end; terminate: finished cleaning the room. To consume all of; use up: finish a pie. To bring to a desired or required state: finish a painting. See Synonyms at complete. To give (wood, for example) a desired or particular surface texture. To destroy; kill: finished the injured horse with a bullet. To bring about the ruin of: The stock market crash finished many speculators. To come to an end; stop. To reach the end of a task, course, or relationship. The final part; the conclusion: racers neck-and-neck at the finish. The reason for one's ruin; downfall. Something that completes, concludes, or perfects, especially: The last treatment or coating of a surface: applied a shellac finish to the cabinet. The surface texture produced by such a treatment or coating. A material used in surfacing or finishing. Completeness, refinement, or smoothness of execution; polish. The flavor left in the mouth after wine has been swallowed.