In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1.1(complete)(meal/task/building) terminar(building/task/meal) acabarshe finishes high school in two years' time — acabará / terminará el bachillerato dentro de dos años
- we finish school/work at four o'clock today — hoy salimos a las cuatro
- let her finish what she's doing/saying — déjala terminar / acabar lo que está haciendo/de hablar
- to finish -ing — terminar / acabar de + inf
- he hasn't finished painting it yet — todavía no ha terminado / acabado de pintarlo
- After finishing his task, he was invited to work at the Bureau, but he declined.
- After she had finished the required tasks she got right down to work on getting to know the dogs.
- Co-ordination work has started and a task force will finish a feasibility study for the whole project by the end of this year.
- He sat with the sick man until late in the evening, and then finished the food himself.
- That sort of interaction gave me fuel to finish my task.
- Mark finished his drink, and spun the glass round and round on the table in front of him.
- Reluctantly, she finishes her homework and eats a quiet dinner with her family.
- His proof was so complex that referees spent 6 years checking the results, without completely finishing the task.
- At one, there was a load of polystyrene boxes outside with the remains of takeaway meals, dumped by people who couldn't be bothered to finish their food.
- He waited patiently for Ambrose to finish his drink, then took the canteen from the man's outstretched hand.
- I came back in and finished my drink and looking back I can't recall that it tasted any different.
- He was highly regarded and known as a hard-working, diligent member of the team who could be trusted to finish any task with characteristic good humour.
- I haven't managed to finish this week's task as it was quite involved so I've decided to carry it over until next week.
- He was sad to read in the newspapers about a retired high school teacher having to hop from table to table in a food outlet to finish the leftovers on the plates.
- Dr. Rothery visibly relaxed and went to finish the task she had started before the interruption, bringing my water over to me.
- OK, by now you should have finished the colouring task I set earlier.
- When she finished this task, she placed the basket securely on the dresser to await the arrival of Johnny's van.
- Most Airmen know they're important to their mission and they must finish their tasks.
- The carpenter would respond, and eventually a painter would get to the job site to finish the work.
- He added: ‘I definitely want to be a professional musician once I finish my studies.’
- The little sister has somehow finished her drink and disposed of the glass.
- You can do the same following our step-by-step painting template, or finish the project as you see fit.
- By early evening we will have finished our food, and will have had several drinks.
- When in a hurry, workers devote mental resources to quickly finishing a task, rather than generating new ideas.
- We discovered that we all had a horror of wasting food, and would finish a dish rather than throw it in the bin.
- Also, Cleric wants Jim to follow him to Harvard, where he has accepted a job offer, and finish his education there.
- After the meat was finished off, both Silhi and I laid on our backs and looked up at the sky.
- I could have finished the task a couple of weeks ago, but, for some reason, I decided to prolong the agony and leave it hanging.
- I did a Masters straight after my BA as I was couldn't decide between finding a job and trying to finish my studies.
- He said that he would quit his post after he finishes his assigned task of reforming party policies, but that he would remain a party member.
1.2(consume)(rations/drink/loaf) terminar(rations/loaf/drink) acabarwe've finished our stock of coal — se nos ha terminado / acabado el carbón
2.1(create surface texture on)(porcelain/cloth) terminar(wood) pulir
- Teak takes on a beautifully polished appearance when finished because it contains natural oils.
- Drywall can be difficult for a novice to finish to a smooth surface.
- Only after many hours of finishing the surface, was the leather ready to be used.
- The fuselage appears to be painted in olive green while the flying surface appears to be finished in silver.
- The homeowner used a sage green stain to finish her garden wall.
- All in all the rifle looked good and was finished in an attractive black satin finish.
- Take the same care in cleaning and preparing a surface to be stained as you would in finishing it.
2.2(add final touches to)(product/clothes) terminar(product/clothes) acabar
3informal(destroy)(person/project/career) acabar conthe scandal finished him as a politician — el escándalo acabó con su carrera política
- the last few laps finished her — las últimas vueltas acabaron con ella
1(come to end)(performance/course/work) terminar(work/performance/course) acabarthe reading finished with a poem by Keats — el recital terminó con un poema de Keats
- she finished by summarizing the main points again — concluyó resumiendo de nuevo los puntos principales
2(complete activity)terminaracabarI've finished; may I leave the table? — ya he terminado / acabado ¿me puedo levantar de la mesa?
- if you've quite finished, may I get a word in? — si has acabado ya ¿me dejas meter baza?
3Sportto finish first/second/last — terminar en primer/segundo/último lugar
- to finish well/badly — acabar bien/mal
2(end)fin masculinefinal masculinefrom start to finish — del principio al fin / al final
- to be in at the finish — presenciar el final
- to fight to the finish — luchar hasta el final / el fin
- a fight to the finish — una lucha a muerte
3(of race)llegada feminineit was a very close finish — llegaron a la meta casi a la par
4(ruin)the finish — el fin / el final
6(appearance of quality)acabado masculineterminación femininethe cheaper models lack the finish of the expensive ones — los modelos más económicos no tienen el acabado de los caros
7(surface texture)acabado masculinea matt/gloss finish — un acabado mate/brillante
- with a rough finish — sin pulir
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