1. To arrive at the end of; to bring to an end; to put an end to; to make an end of; to terminate. And heroically hath finished a life heroic. (Milton)
2. To bestow the last required labour upon; to complete; to bestow the utmost possible labour upon; to perfect; to accomplish; to polish.
Synonym: to end, terminate, close, conclude, complete, accomplish, perfect.
Origin: f. Finir (with a stem finiss- in several forms, whence E. -ish: see -ish),fr. L. Finire to limit, finish, end, fr. Finis boundary, limit, end; perh. For fidnis, and akin findere to cleave, E. Fissure.