finish vs finishing what difference

what is difference between finish and finishing

English

Etymology

From Middle English finishen, finisshen, finischen, from Old French finiss-, stem of some of the conjugated forms of finir, from Latin fīnīre, present active infinitive of fīniō.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: fĭn’ĭsh, IPA(key): /ˈfɪnɪʃ/
  • Homophone: Finnish

Noun

finish (plural finishes)

  1. An end; the end of anything.
  2. A protective coating given to wood or metal and other surfaces.
  3. The result of any process changing the physical or chemical properties of cloth.
  4. A finishing touch; careful elaboration; polish.
  5. (sports) A shot on goal, especially one that ends in a goal.

Translations

Verb

finish (third-person singular simple present finishes, present participle finishing, simple past and past participle finished)

  1. (transitive) To complete (something).
  2. (transitive) To apply a treatment to (a surface or similar).
  3. (transitive) To change an animal’s food supply in the months before it is due for slaughter, with the intention of fattening the animal.
  4. (intransitive) To come to an end.
  5. (transitive) To put an end to; to destroy.
    These rumours could finish your career.
  6. (intransitive, sex) To reach orgasm.

Usage notes

  • (transitive, to complete): This is a catenative verb that takes the gerund (the -ing form). See Appendix:English catenative verbs

Antonyms

  • (to complete): initiate, begin, start

Derived terms

  • nice guys finish last

Translations

Related terms

  • finish line
  • finishing school

Anagrams

  • fishin’

Danish

Etymology

From English finish.

Noun

finish c (singular definite finishen, not used in plural form)

  1. (the appearance after) fine-tuning, finishing touch
  2. finish (a spectacular end in a race or a competition)

Further reading

  • “finish” in Den Danske Ordbog

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪ.nɪʃ/
  • Hyphenation: fi‧nish

Etymology 1

Borrowed from English finish.

Noun

finish m (uncountable)

  1. finish; end
Derived terms
  • finishlijn

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb

finish

  1. first-person singular present indicative of finishen
  2. imperative of finishen


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfɪnɪʃɪŋ/

Verb

finishing

  1. present participle of finish

Noun

finishing (plural finishings)

  1. The act of completing something.
  2. (soccer) Shooting ability.
    • 2013, Daniel Taylor, Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic climbs highest to sink Benfica (in The Guardian, 15 May 2013)[1]
      Benítez’s team had been subjected to some intense pressure and will be grateful that Benfica’s finishing was not as refined as their buildup play. Jorge Jesus’s side pinned them back at times but they were guilty of being too elaborate in front of goal.
  3. The final work upon or ornamentation of a thing; finish.

Derived terms

  • finishing coat
  • finishing line
  • finishing move
  • finishing press
  • finishing rolls
  • finishing school
  • finishing touch

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