finite

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, "We have to get out of here, we only have a finite amount of time," and for more tangible things like beans or dirt, "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.

Primary Meanings of finite

1.
adj
bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent
2.
adj
of verbs; relating to forms of the verb that are limited in time by a tense and (usually) show agreement with number and person
Full Definitions of finite
1

adj bounded or limited in magnitude or spatial or temporal extent

Synonyms:
bounded, delimited
having the limits or boundaries established
exhaustible
capable of being used up; capable of being exhausted
impermanent
existing or enduring for a limited time only
limited
not unlimited
mortal
subject to death
Antonyms:
infinite
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
endless
infinitely great in number
inexhaustible, unlimited
that cannot be entirely consumed or used up
immortal
not subject to death
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2

adj of verbs; relating to forms of the verb that are limited in time by a tense and (usually) show agreement with number and person

Synonyms:
tensed
having inflections to indicate tense
Antonyms:
infinite, non-finite
of verbs; having neither person nor number nor mood (as a participle or gerund or infinitive)

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