dead-end

adjective
\ ˈded-ˌend How to pronounce dead-end (audio) \

Definition of dead-end

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

dead-end

verb
\ ˈded-ˈend How to pronounce dead-end (audio) \
dead-ended; dead-ending; dead-ends

Definition of dead-end (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

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

dead end

noun
\ ˈded-ˈend How to pronounce dead end (audio) \

Definition of dead end (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Other Words from dead-end

Adjective

dead-endedness \ ˌded-​ˈen-​dəd-​nəs How to pronounce dead-endedness (audio) \ noun

Examples of dead-end in a Sentence

Noun

We came to a dead end and had to turn around. My career has hit a dead end.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

That leaves the city of San Diego at what appears to be a dead end in a decades-long quest for a roadway some believe would ease area traffic, enhance public safety and provide better access to an out-of-the-way trolley station. Jennifer Van Grove, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU Mission Valley and the road to nowhere," 12 Sep. 2019 Scientists also explored the possibility of giant fish, such as catfish or sturgeon, being responsible for sightings, but Gemmel said that was a dead end too. NBC News, "New study suggests mythical Loch Ness monster may be a giant eel," 5 Sep. 2019 Bryan Moore: All attempts to locate them were — were a dead end. CBS News, "Peter Chadwick caught: Fugitive murder suspect goes from real estate millionaire to bussing tables during years on the run," 10 Aug. 2019 Some outside scientists disagree with Pfizer’s assessment that studying Enbrel’s potential in Alzheimer’s prevention is a scientific dead end. Christopher Rowland, Washington Post, "Pfizer had clues its blockbuster drug could prevent Alzheimer’s. Why didn’t it tell the world?," 4 June 2019 Some outside scientists disagree with Pfizer’s assessment that studying Enbrel’s potential in Alzheimer’s prevention is a scientific dead end. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Pfizer kept quiet about drug’s new Alzheimer’s potential," 4 June 2019 And hybridization — long considered an evolutionary dead end — instead acts as a catalyst for combining old gene variants in new ways, fueling rapid diversification. Quanta Magazine, "New Hybrid Species Remix Old Genes Creatively," 10 Sep. 2019 Cyprus Foreign Minister Nikos Christodoulides on Monday accused Turkey of trying to lead the peace process to dead end. Washington Post, "Turkey: Turkish Cypriot power parity key to new peace talks," 9 Sep. 2019 Seeking an area away from other mountain lions of the same gender, and hemmed in by the Pacific Ocean and busy Bay Area freeways, the animal ultimately made its way north into the city — essentially a dead end. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "San Francisco officials confirm mountain lion sightings, but say big cats unlikely to linger," 7 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of dead-end

Adjective

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1944, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dead-end was in 1886

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dead end

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dead end

: 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

noun

Kids Definition of dead end

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

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