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

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 After 6 hours of slow headway, the river dead ends into a squat hill, more a pile of mud than an actual geological feature. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "In search of the ‘white Jaguar’: Archaeologists travel deep into the jungle to find a lost Maya city," 5 Sep. 2019 All the thorny bushes, poison ivy and dead ends on this seven-month trek have taken a toll. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Column: In the Bears’ kicker search, the destination justifies the journey. But with the season approaching, can they find their way?," 21 Aug. 2019 The researchers spent two years conducting detailed interviews with employees on flexible schedules, managers with flexible reports, HR officers, and executives, concluding that going part-time needn’t be a career dead end—or a lonely process. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "The three-stage blueprint for “crafting” a flexible career," 13 Aug. 2019 The modern economic system evolved, and evolution involves innovations, repetitions, failures, and dead ends. John Lanchester, The New Yorker, "The Invention of Money," 29 July 2019 After trying to hike up and over, Whitson and his son kept hitting dead ends. Cheri Mossburg, CNN, "Two hikers found a message in a bottle and helped rescue a stranded family. Now the family wants to thank them," 11 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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