final Definition

  • 1coming at the end of a series
  • 2decisive or ultimate
  • 3allowing no further discussion or dispute

Using final: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "final" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    This is my final offer.

  • Example

    The final chapter of the book was the most exciting.

  • Example

    The final decision rests with the board of directors.

  • Example

    The team made it to the final round of the competition.

final Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using final

  • when everything has been considered


    In the final analysis, it was clear that the company had made some serious mistakes.

  • to keep a promise or commitment


    He always keeps his final word and never breaks a promise.

  • the last stage of a race or competition


    The runners were exhausted as they entered the final lap of the marathon.

Phrases with final

  • final straw

    the last in a series of irritating events that makes someone lose their patience or become angry


    The constant delays were frustrating, but when they lost his luggage, it was the final straw.

  • the last announcement made before a plane, train, or other mode of transportation departs


    Passengers for flight 123 to New York, this is your final call.

  • an examination given at the end of a course to determine a student's knowledge of the subject matter


    I need to study hard for my final exam in math.

Origins of final

from Latin 'finis', meaning 'end'


Summary: final in Brief

The term 'final' [ˈfaɪnl] refers to something that comes at the end of a series, is decisive or ultimate, and allows no further discussion or dispute. It can be used to describe the last chapter of a book, the ultimate round of a competition, or a decision that rests with a board of directors. 'Final' also appears in phrases like 'final straw,' which denotes the last in a series of irritating events, and 'in the final analysis,' which means when everything has been considered.

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