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Meaning of final by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin finalis ( “of or relating to the end or to boundaries” ), from finis ( “end” ); see fine .


    • IPA: /ˈfaɪ.nəl/, X-SAMPA: /"faI.n@l/
    • Rhymes: -aɪnəl


    final ( plural: finals )

    1. ( followed by "one" ) The ending, the last .
    2. ( US ) A final examination; a test or examination given at the end of a term or class; the test that concludes a class .
    3. ( sports ) The last round, game or match in a contest, after which the winner is determined .
    4. A contest that narrows a field of contestants ( finalists ) to ranked positions, usually in numbered places ( 1st place/prize, 2nd place/prize, etc. ) or a winner and numbered runners-up ( 1st runner-up, etc. ) .
    5. ( phonology ) the final part of a syllable, the combination of medial and rime in phonetics and phonology .


    final ( comparative more final, superlative most final )

    1. last; ultimate
      final solution
      the final day of a school term
    2. Conclusive; decisive
      a final judgment
      the battle of Waterloo brought the contest to a final issue
    3. Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view
    4. ( linguistics ) word-final, occurring at the end of a word .


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    • final in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • final in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of final by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. not to be altered or undone

    2. the judge's decision is final
    3. occurring at or forming an end or termination

    4. the final chapter
    5. conclusive in a process or progression

    6. the final answer
    1. an examination administered at the end of an academic term

    2. the final match between the winners of all previous matches in an elimination tournament

    Definition of final by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Final ( fīnal ), a. [F., fr. L. finalis, fr. finis boundary, limit, end. See Finish.]
      1. Pertaining to the end or conclusion; last; terminating; ultimate; as, “the final day of a school term”.

      Yet despair not of his final pardon. Milton.

      2. Conclusive; decisive; as, “a final judgment; the battle of Waterloo brought the contest to a final issue.”

      3. Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view.

      Final cause. See under Cause.

      Syn. -- Final, Conclusive, Ultimate. Final is now appropriated to that which brings with it an end; as, a final adjustment; the final judgment, etc. Conclusive implies the closing of all discussion, negotiation, etc.; as, a conclusive argument or fact; a conclusive arrangement. In using ultimate, we have always reference to something earlier or proceeding; as when we say, a temporary reverse may lead to an ultimate triumph. The statements which a man finally makes at the close of a negotiation are usually conclusive as to his ultimate intentions and designs.