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"Ultimar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to finalize", and "finalizar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to finish". Learn more about the difference between "ultimar" and "finalizar" below.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to conclude)
a. to finalize
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Los obreros están ultimando el proyecto de refacción.The workers are finalizing the restoration project.
b. to finalise (United Kingdom)
El pintor se tomó un descanso antes de ultimar el mural.The painter took a break before finalising the mural.
c. to complete
Ya ultimamos los preparativos para el desfile.We've completed the arrangements for the parade.
d. to put the final touches to
Los actores están ultimando los detalles para la función de esta noche.The actors are putting the final touches to tonight's performance.
e. to put the finishing touches to
La compositora alemana está ultimando su nuevo disco.The German composer is putting the finishing touches to her new album.
2. (to slay)
Regionalism used in Latin America: all the countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Does not include Spain.
(Latin America)
a. to kill
La víctima le quitó la pistola al ladrón y lo ultimó.The victim took the robber's handgun and killed him.
b. to murder
No se pagó el rescate y los secuestradores ultimaron al rehén.The ransom was not paid and the kidnappers murdered the hostage.
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to bring to an end)
a. to finish
Tardé casi dos años en finalizar mi tesis.It took me almost two years to finish my thesis.
b. to complete
El atleta finalizó el maratón en menos de dos horas y cinco minutos.The athlete completed the marathon in under two hours and five minutes.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (to conclude)
a. to end
El partido finalizó en un empate.The game ended in a tie.
b. to come to an end
Las negociaciones finalizaron sin que se llegara a un acuerdo.Negotiations came to an end without an agreement.
c. to finish
Los obreros terminarán de construir la casa antes de que finalice el año.The construction workers will build the house before the year finishes.
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