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an end in itself

Definition of an end in itself

  1. :  something that one does because one wants to and not because it will help achieve or accomplish something else <She started exercising for her health, but she enjoyed it so much that exercising became an end in itself.> <For him, taking classes was an end in itself.>



Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  the part of an area that lies at the boundary

    :  a point that marks the extent of something

    :  the point where something ceases to exist

  1. :  to bring to an end

    :  destroy

    :  to make up the end of

  1. :  final, ultimate

  1. :  to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

itselfplay
  1. :  that identical one — compare it 1

    :  its normal, healthy, or sane condition


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