an end in itself

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of an end in itself

: 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

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

  2. : a point that marks the extent of something

  3. : the point where something ceases to exist

  1. : to bring to an end

  2. : destroy

  3. : to make up the end of

  1. : final, ultimate

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

  1. : within : inside — compare ect-, exo-

  2. : taking in

itself play
  1. : that identical one — compare it 1

  2. : its normal, healthy, or sane condition


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