a. Brought to a state of completion: a finished novel.
b. In a state of having completed something: The cook is finished preparing the meal.
a. Exhibiting a high degree of skill or refinement: an essay that was a finished piece of work.
b. Highly accomplished or skilled; polished: a finished artist.
a. Doomed to death or destruction: If the explorers don't get more supplies, they are finished.
b. Having no more use, value, or potential; washed-up: With that injury, he's finished as a pitcher.
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Indo-European & Semitic Roots Appendices
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