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dead-end

adjective \ ˈded-ˌend \

Definition of dead-end

1 a :lacking opportunities especially for advancement
  • a dead-end job
b :lacking an exit
  • a dead-end street
2 :unruly
  • dead-end kids

dead-endedness

play \ˌded-ˈen-dəd-nəs\ noun

First Known Use of dead-end

1919


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dead-end

verb \ ˈded-ˈend \

Definition of dead-end

intransitive verb
:to come to a dead end :terminate
  • the road dead-ends at the lake
  • the investigation dead-ended

First Known Use of dead-end

1944

dead-end Synonyms


dead end

noun \ ˈded-ˈend \

Definition of dead end

1 :an end (as of a street) without an exit
2 :a position, situation, or course of action that leads to nothing further

Examples of dead end in a Sentence

  1. We came to a dead end and had to turn around.

  2. My career has hit a dead end.

First Known Use of dead end

1886


DEAD-END Defined for English Language Learners

dead end

noun

Definition of dead end for English Language Learners

  • : a street that ends instead of joining with another street so that there is only one way in and out of it

  • : a situation, plan, or way of doing something that leads to nothing further


DEAD-END Defined for Kids

dead end

noun

Definition of dead end for Students

:an end (as of a street) with no way out


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