Calling something finite means it has an end or finishing point. Preparing for a standardized test might be unpleasant, but you have to remember that the work is finite; you won't be doing it forever.

Most people are far more familiar with the word finite when they see it inside the word infinite, or without end. Finite can be used for conceptual things, like time: "Life is finite, so we should live it to the fullest." It can also be used for more tangible things: "We have to be careful with the cooking, we only have a finite amount of fuel." You might want to think of things being finito — a word that looks a lot like finite — to remember that it means, "with an end."

Definitions of finite
  1. adjective
    bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
    bounded, delimited
    having the limits or boundaries established
    capable of being used up; capable of being exhausted
    existing or enduring for a limited time only
    not unlimited
    subject to death
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    having no limits or boundaries in time or space or extent or magnitude
    boundless, limitless, unbounded
    seemingly boundless in amount, number, degree, or especially extent
    dateless, endless, sempiternal
    having no known beginning and presumably no end
    infinitely great in number
    inexhaustible, unlimited
    that cannot be entirely consumed or used up
    not subject to death
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  2. adjective
    of verbs; relating to forms of the verb that are limited in time by a tense and (usually) show agreement with number and person
    having inflections to indicate tense
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    infinite, non-finite
    of verbs; having neither person nor number nor mood (as a participle or gerund or infinitive)
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