(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Finishing of an action
1. completion; accomplishment, achievement, fulfillment, realization, fruition; execution, performance; dispatch; consummation, culmination; finish, close, end; terminus (see arrival); issue, outcome (see effect); final, crowning, or finishing touch, epilogue, coup de grâce; fait accompli; feat; missing link, makeweight; perfection; elaboration; exhaustion. Informal, windup, capper, icing on the cake. See production, success.
2. completeness, totality, alpha and omega (see whole).
3. (state of being complete) fullness, impletion, repletion, saturation, high water; fill, load, bumper, brimmer; bellyful. Informal, full house, the works, the business, whole nine yards. See sufficiency.
1. complete, effect; accomplish, achieve, compass, consummate, go through with; bring to maturity; bring to perfection, perfect, elaborate.
2. do, execute, make, follow out; go or get through, knock or pull off; bring about or off, bring to pass, dispatch, polish off, make short work of, dispose of, mop up, set at rest; perform, discharge, fulfill, realize; put through, put in practice, carry out, make good, be as good as one's word; drive home, do thoroughly, not do by halves, go the whole hog, shoot the works, do up brown, do to a turn, go all out, go to any length; see out or through, touch all the bases; round out, complement; be in at the death, carry through, play out, exhaust; do the job, fill the bill, turn the trick; deliver.
3. conclude, finish, close, end, wrap up; clinch, seal, set the seal on, put the seal to; cross the wire; give the final touch to, put the last hand to; crown (see superiority).
4. ripen, mature, culminate; run its course, run one's race, reach the goal, arrive; get in the harvest.
5. fill, charge, load; fill or piece out, replenish, eke out; fill up, saturate. See sufficiency.
1. complete, perfect, consummate, full-fledged; diametric[al]; entire, whole; thorough, plenary; solid, undivided, with all its parts; exhaustive, sweeping, encyclopedic, thoroughgoing, out-and-out, utter, arrant, radical; crowning, final; abundant, sufficient. Slang, maxed out, ass out, fucking, way-out.
2. completing, supplemental, supplementary, complementary.
3. ripe, mature, fully or full-grown.
Adverbs — completely, altogether, outright, downright, wholly, soundly, totally, in toto, quite, from soup to nuts; hook, line, and sinker; thoroughly, conclusively, finally; effectually, for good and all, nicely, fully, all of, in all respects, in every respect; through and through, out and out, leaving no stone unturned, all told, to all intents and purposes; utterly, to the utmost, all out, all hollow, stark; heart and soul, root and branch, down to the ground; head over heels; lock, stock, and barrel; inside out; bag and baggage; to the top of one's bent, to the limit, as far as possible; throughout, from first to last, from beginning to end, from A to Z, from hell to breakfast, from end to end, from one end to the other, from head to foot, cap-a-pie, from top to toe, from top to bottom, from the ground up, backward and forward, fore and aft, every whit, every inch, to the nines; up to the brim, up to the ears; with a vengeance, to a fare-thee-well, for fair, but good, all the way, down the line, to the full, to the hilt; to the bone; to the bitter end. Slang, to the max.
Phrases — in for a penny, in for a pound; one might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.
Quotations — Give us the tools and we will finish the job (Winston Churchill), There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory (Francis Drake).
Antonyms, see incompleteness.
(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. finish, conclusion, fulfillment; see achievement 1 , 2 , end 2 .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
finish, conclusion, fulfillment, end, realization, *wrapping up, accomplishment, closing, *winding up, finalization, crowning, consummation.
ANT.: start, beginning
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun A concluding or terminating: cease, cessation, close, closing, closure, conclusion, consummation, end, ending, end of the line, finish, period, stop, stopping point, termination, terminus, wind-up, wrap-up. See CONTINUE.

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