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end

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of end

  1. 1 the stopping of a process or activity <the end of hostilities brought general rejoicing> Synonyms arrest, arrestment, cease, cessation, check, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, stop, stoppage, surcease, termination Related Words mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspension Near Antonyms extension, persistence, prolongation Antonyms continuance, continuation

  2. 2 a real or imaginary point beyond which a person or thing cannot go <I'm at the end of my patience with these little brats> Synonyms bound, boundary, cap, ceiling, confines, limit, extent, limitation, line, terminationRelated Words extremity, fag end, terminus; border, brim, edge, margin, rim, verge; outside; bar, barrier, fence, hedge, restraint, stop, wall

  3. 3 an unused or unwanted piece or item typically of small size or value <a couple of ends of wallpaper were all that was left after we finished papering the room> Synonyms {h,1}scrap, fag end, leftover, oddment, remainder, remnant, stubRelated Words leavings, odds and ends, pickings, refuse, remains, residual, residue, scraping(s), stump, vestige; balance, rest; chip, flake, fragment, piece, sliver, splinter; ribbon(s), shred, tatterNear Antonyms whole

  4. 4 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish <in this case the ends definitely do not justify the means> Synonyms aim, ambition, aspiration, bourne (also bourn), design, dream, goal, idea, ideal, intent, intention, mark, meaning, object, objective, plan, point, pretension, purpose, target, thingRelated Words grail, holy grail; plot, project, scheme; desire, hope, mind, wish; nirvana; destination, terminusNear Antonyms means, method, way

  5. 5 the last and usually sharp or tapering part of something long and narrow <a child's pair of scissors with blunt ends> Synonyms apex, cusp, point, nib, nose, pike, tipRelated Words pinpoint; prong, tine; barb, jag, prickle, snag, spike, sticker

  6. 6 the last part of a process or action <the war wasn't yet over, but we were definitely at the beginning of the end> Synonyms capper, close, closing, conclusion, consummation, finale, endgame, ending, finis, finish, grand finale, home stretch, mop-up, windup, wrap-upRelated Words acme, apex, capstone, climax, copestone, coup de grâce (or coup de grace), crescendo, crown, culmination, high-water mark, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, tip-top, top, zenith; aftermath, anticlimax, coda, epilogue (also epilog), postscript; shank, tag end, tail endNear Antonyms foreword, introduction, overture, preamble, preface, prelude, prologue (also prolog)Antonyms baseline, beginning, dawn, day one, nascence, nascency, opening, start

  7. 7 the line or relatively narrow space that marks the outer limit of something <the ends of his shirt cuffs were badly frayed> Synonyms borderline, bound, boundary, brim, circumference, compass, confines, edge, edging, border, frame, fringe, hem, margin, perimeter, periphery, rim, skirt, skirting, vergeRelated Words ambit; brink, crest, curb, cusp, lip; ceiling, maximum; demarcation, extent, limitation, measure, mere, restriction, termination; borderland, frontier, march, outskirts, pale, selvage; lap; shoreNear Antonyms center, core, heart; inner, inside, interior, middle, within

  8. 8 the permanent stopping of all the vital bodily activities <Henry Hudson and eight others were set adrift in the bay in a small boat, and how they met their end is unknown> Synonyms curtains, decease, demise, dissolution, doom, death, exit, expiration, expiry, fate, grave, great divide, passage, passing, quietus, sleepRelated Words casualty, fatality; martyrdom, self-destruction, self-murder, self-slaughter, suicide; annihilation, destruction, ending, extermination, ruin; assassination, execution, killing, massacre, slaughterNear Antonyms existence, life; creation, genesis, origination, riseAntonyms birth, nativity

  9. 9 something belonging to, due to, or contributed by an individual member of a group <keep up your end of the bargain> Synonyms allotment, allowance, cut, share, part, piece, portion, proportion, quota, slice, takeRelated Words lot, ration; commission, percentage; member, partition, section, segmentNear Antonyms aggregate, composite, compound, pool, sum, total, totality; whole




end

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of end

  1. 1 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point <let's end the meeting with a short prayer> Synonyms close out, complete, conclude, close, finish, round (off or out), terminate, wind up, wrap upRelated Words climax, crown; consummate, perfect; halt, stop, suspendAntonyms begin, commence, inaugurate, open, start

  2. 2 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end <unfortunately, an argument ended their date, and they're still not speaking to each other> Synonyms break, break off, break up, can [slang], cease, cut off, cut out, desist (from), discontinue, drop, stop, give over, halt, knock off, lay off, leave off, pack (up or in), quit, shut offRelated Words complete, conclude, finish; close (down); deactivate; block, blockade, dam, delay, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, kibosh, obstruct, stem; call, suspend; arrest, brake, check, clamp down, rein (in), squash, squelch, stamp, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn back; pause, stay, suspend; abolish, abort, annul, demolish, destroy, dissolve, kill, ruin, scuttle, snuffNear Antonyms carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep up, run on; advance, proceed, progress; actuate, drive, impel, propel, stir

  3. 3 to come to an end <a book so good that you hate to see it end> Synonyms break off, break up, close, conclude, dead-end, determine, die, discontinue, elapse, cease, expire, finish, go, halt, lapse, leave off, let up, pass, quit, stop, terminate, wind up, wink (out)Related Words desist (from), lay off (of), refrain (from); give over [British], knock off, pack (up or in); break down, conk (out), cut out, stall; pause, stay, suspend; abate, peter (out), wind downNear Antonyms draw out, extend, prolong, protractAntonyms continue, hang on, persist

  4. 4 to stop living <a great general, who ended on the field of battle> Synonyms check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, demise, depart, drop, die, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], pass (on), pass away, part, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, succumbRelated Words predecease; consume, disappear, dry up, fade, failNear Antonyms come to, revive; linger; be, exist, subsist; flourish, prosper, thriveAntonyms breathe, live




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