Adjective "final" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Coming at the end of a series.
  1. 'Having made the decision, the final frontier seemed determined to beat us despite our best efforts.'
  2. 'He closed his eyes and allowed himself one final rest before he attempted to move again.'
  3. 'Once again, the result remained in doubt until the final minutes of injury time.'
  4. 'The group looked to the door as it slid open, allowing entry to the final expected guests.'
  5. 'The final deal allowed them to get this hall for less money than they anticipated.'
  6. 'The last thing they needed was a dispute over his final resting place.'
  7. 'The final review allows voters to correct such errors - but they must notice them first.'
  8. 'For us voters we have now made up our mind and reached the final days of decision.'
  9. 'The lift doors were still open, allowing you a final chance to change your mind, but as you went past them they closed.'
  10. 'Granted, the contest was a gripping one which was never beyond doubt until the final whistle.'
  11. 'the final cost will easily run into six figures'
  12. 'The final scoreline indicates a miss match but it was not quite that one-sided.'
  13. 'Two controversial refereeing decisions were to have a big bearing on the final outcome.'
  14. 'Additional perks could be won when final contracts were negotiated unit by unit.'
  15. 'The outcome in the final points, as well as in the two events, was new European records.'
  16. 'A General Medical Council hearing was adjourned yesterday before a final conclusion was reached.'
  17. 'With neither side able to stamp their authority in the crucial midfield area the final score was in doubt right to the end.'
  18. 'They were also given an explanation of the printing process from initial graphics through to the final design.'
  19. 'The final phase will allow finishing touches to be applied to the scheme and any last-minute glitches to be ironed out.'
  20. 'At the time of writing, it is too early to know the final outcome of the process.'
  21. 'Few doubted the final result of the war, none could have predicted such a quick result.'
  22. 'What falls away is any notion of an uncontested, final, authorized reality.'
  23. 'At press time, the task force was scheduled to meet again to reach a final decision.'
  24. 'Couples are allowed to divorce twice, and the third divorce is final.'
  25. 'There have been calls on both sides of the death penalty debate to shorten the time taken to reach a final decision.'
  26. 'The hard work doesn't end once your divorce is final.'
  27. 'The head of department must make a final decision before any ruling by the disputes department goes into effect.'
  28. 'But it must throw into doubt the ability of the tribunal to be a final arbitrator of disputes.'
  29. 'And this time supported by deeds that allow the neighbours to give Japan a final absolution.'
  30. 'Lawmakers are required to reach a final decision within 15 days of receiving the request.'
  31. 'Ultimately, the examiners' marks are final and, at the moment, students can do little to challenge them.'


The last game in a sports tournament or other competition, which will decide the winner of the tournament.
  1. 'Regional finals are held in January and the winners contest the national final in Dublin in March.'
  2. 'Then disaster struck, they were not allowed to play the final owing to outbreaks in the county.'
  3. 'The winner will be decided at the grand final at the end of May, and proceeds raised from that night will go to the Robyn Brooks Appeal.'
  4. 'There was a volleyball final to be played, football teams to support, athletes to cheer and medals to be won.'
  5. 'The states will split into two pools of three, with the winners playing the final on January 21.'
  6. 'Every game is a final from now on and you need to be on top of your game.'
  7. 'He praised their dedication to the sport and wished them good competition in the county final.'
  8. 'Of course a team has to play 16 games before they reach the final of the Champions League.'
  9. 'The Netherlands have now made the Olympic final for the third Games in a row.'
  10. 'The semi-finals and the final of the competition will take place on Saturday, March 18.'
  11. 'The temptation would have been to play it safe in the finals.'
  12. 'Their guaranteed place in the finals has meant that the real training effort was just being made in the weeks leading into the finals.'
  13. 'Keighley have reached the finals of the competition five times, but have yet to win.'
  14. 'Waugh angrily bustled out of the conference after his side failed to make the finals of the tri-nations series.'
  15. 'Ten orchestras will head to the finals, as well as ten soloists, six duets, six quartets and eight ensembles.'
  16. 'Each team has to arrive by 15 January, then they face elimination rounds in each event, building up to a three-day series of finals.'
  17. 'Sri Lanka's win confirmed their place in the finals of the tournament on August 9.'
  18. 'There are still seats available for tonight's finals which start at 7pm.'
  19. '‘There was a sense that, if we could beat Toronto, we could beat Western in the finals,’ said Hammond.'
  20. 'The meet will be staged as straight out finals, with one competitor, per nation, per event.'
A series of examinations at the end of a degree course.
  1. 'So there I was, sitting in my finals, staring at exam papers and knowing that I wouldn't be able to answer the questions.'
  2. 'It's all too easy to forget that while exams, finals and academic achievement all have their place they shouldn't be our raison d'être.'
  3. 'I spent a week studying for my finals without music and it was the longest, most boring week I have ever spent.'
  4. 'He was also determined to stay at the top of his year, but lower-than-expected marks in his finals deprived him of a first-class degree.'
  5. 'His daughter, Theresa, has just sat her political history finals at a university in Scotland and is nervously awaiting her results.'
  6. 'Far from opting for a quiet life, Eddie is putting his radio career on hold in order to study for his Law degree finals - not to mention planning for his forthcoming wedding!'
  7. 'Bring a copy of the Student Handbook with you, challenging the instructor to find the section on musical instruments during finals.'
  8. 'Many families are simply waiting for their school-age children to finish mid-year finals or college exams so they can leave.'
  9. 'This kind of sleep deprivation and dedication usually shows up in students only when term projects and finals are upon us.'
  10. 'My boyfriend, Chris, and I had our last final on May 11th.'
  11. 'Everybody was busy planning for the Prom, for the finals and of course, for college.'
  12. 'When we get them, they are just finishing finals, and then they have to learn this new job.'
  13. 'On subject with that, I was helping Natalie study for her history finals on Friday, testing her on world leaders.'
The principal note in a mode.
  1. 'Often, he seems to set up two possible finals, the ‘tonal’ issue being settled only at the last moment.'
The final approach of an aircraft to the runway it will be landing on.
  1. 'Just before coming abeam the runway threshold I began a continuous finals turn, Spitfire style.'

More definitions

1. pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.

2. ultimate: The final goal is world peace.

3. conclusive or decisive: a final decision.

4. constituting the end or purpose: a final result.

5. pertaining to or expressing the end or purpose: a final clause.

6. Law. precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon: The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final. determining all issues present

More examples(as adjective)

"starts can be final at places."

"returns can be final in places."

"findings can be final until supporters."

"figures can be final from figures."

"figures can be final for years."

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Middle English (in the adjectival sense ‘conclusive’): from Old French, or from Latin finalis, from finis ‘end’. Compare with finish.


the final straw