final ( finals plural )
1 adj In a series of events, things, or people, the final one is the last one.
Astronauts will make a final attempt today to rescue a communications satellite from its useless orbit..., This is the fifth and probably final day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee..., On the last Saturday in September, I received a final letter from Clive.
2 adj Final means happening at the end of an event or series of events.
The countdown to the Notting Hill Carnival is in its final hours.
3 adj If a decision or someone's authority is final, it cannot be changed or questioned.
The judges' decision is final..., The White House has the final say...
4 n-count The final is the last game or contest in a series and decides who is the winner.
...the Scottish Cup Final...
5 n-plural Thefinals of a sporting tournament consist of a smaller tournament that includes only players or teams that have won earlier games. The finals decide the winner of the whole tournament.
Poland know they have a chance of qualifying for the World Cup Finals.
6 n-plural When a student takes his or her finals, he or she takes the last and most important examinations in a university or college course. oft poss N Anna sat her finals in the summer.
quarter-final ( quarter-finals plural )
in AM, use quarterfinal A quarter-final is one of the four matches in a competition which decides which four players or teams will compete in the semi-final. n-count
The very least I'm looking for at Wimbledon is to reach the quarter-finals.
semi-final ( semi-finals plural )
in AM, usually use semifinal A semi-final is one of the two matches or races in a competition that are held to decide who will compete in the final. n-count
Steve Lewis won the first semi-final.
Thesemi-finals is the round of a competition in which these two matches or races are held., n-plural usu the N
He was beaten in the semi-finals by Chris Dittmar.
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