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end

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noun \ˈend\

Simple Definition of end

  • : a point that marks the limit of something : the point at which something no longer continues to happen or exist

  • : the last part of a story, movie, song, etc.

  • : the part at the edge or limit of an area

Full Definition of end

  1. 1 a :  the part of an area that lies at the boundary b (1) :  a point that marks the extent of something (2) :  the point where something ceases to exist <world without end> c :  the extreme or last part lengthwise :  tip d :  the terminal unit of something spatial that is marked off by units e :  a player stationed at the extremity of a line (as in football)

  2. 2 a :  cessation of a course of action, pursuit, or activity b :  death, destruction c (1) :  the ultimate state (2) :  result, issue

  3. 3 :  something incomplete, fragmentary, or undersized :  remnant

  4. 4 a :  an outcome worked toward :  purpose <the end of poetry is to be poetry — R. P. Warren> b :  the object by virtue of or for the sake of which an event takes place

  5. 5 a :  a share in an undertaking <kept your end up> b :  a particular operation or aspect of an undertaking or organization <the sales end of the business>

  6. 6 :  something that is extreme :  ultimate —used with the

  7. 7 :  a period of action or turn in any of various sports events (as archery or lawn bowling)

end·ed play \ˈen-dəd\ adjective
in the end
  1. :  after all, ultimately <will surely succeed in the end>

no end
  1. :  exceedingly <it pleases us no end>

on end
  1. :  without a stop or letup <it rained for days on end>

Examples of end

  1. The report is due at the end of the month.

  2. She interviewed several players at the end of the game.

  3. The restaurant is in the north end of the city.

  4. We biked from one end of the island to the other.

  5. The house is at the end of the road.

  6. They live at opposite ends of town.

  7. the deep end of a swimming pool

  8. She drove the end of the stake into the ground.

  9. The car's front end was damaged.

  10. One end of the rope was tangled.



Origin of end

Middle English ende, from Old English; akin to Old High German enti end, Latin ante before, Greek anti against


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of end

intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about <announced his intention to marry>. intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness <the clear intent of the statute>. purpose suggests a more settled determination <being successful was her purpose in life>. design implies a more carefully calculated plan <the order of events came by accident, not design>. aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing <her aim was to raise film to an art form>. end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such <willing to use any means to achieve his end>. object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need <his constant object was the achievement of pleasure>. objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable <their objective is to seize the oil fields>. goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship <worked years to reach her goals>.

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end

verb

Definition of end

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to bring to an end b :  destroy

  3. 2 :  to make up the end of <a wedding scene ends the film>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 a :  to come to an end <the meeting will end at noon> b :  to reach a specified ultimate rank, situation, or place —usually used with up <ended up as a colonel>

  6. 2 :  die



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of end

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of end

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished <close a debate>. end conveys a strong sense of finality <ended his life>. conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting) <the service concluded with a blessing>. finish may stress completion of a final step in a process <after it is painted, the house will be finished>. complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken <the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement>. terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space <your employment terminates after three months>.

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end

adjective

Definition of end

  1. :  final, ultimate <end results> <end markets>



Examples of end

  1. the end product of a process

  2. the end point of the operation



13th Century

First Known Use of end

13th century


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end

verb

Definition of end

dial English

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



Origin of end

probably alteration of English dialect in to harvest


First Known Use: 1607

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


end-

combining form

Definition of end-

  1. 1 :  within :  inside <endoskeleton> — compare ect-, exo-

  2. 2 :  taking in <endothermic>



Variants of end-

or endo-

Origin of end-

French, from Greek, from endon within; akin to Greek en in, Old Latin indu, Hittite andan within — more at in




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