end

noun
\ ˈend How to pronounce end (audio) \

Definition of end

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : the part of an area that lies at the boundary
b(1) : a point that marks the extent of something
(2) : the point where something ceases to exist world without end
c : the extreme or last part lengthwise : tip
d : the terminal unit of something spatial that is marked off by units
e : a player stationed at the extremity of a line or team (as in football)
2a : cessation of a course of action, pursuit, or activity
c(1) : the ultimate state
(2) : result, issue
3 : something incomplete, fragmentary, or undersized : remnant
4a : an outcome worked toward : purpose the end of poetry is to be poetry— R. P. Warren
b : the object by virtue of or for the sake of which an event takes place
5a : a share in an undertaking kept your end up
b : a particular operation or aspect of an undertaking or organization the sales end of the business
6 : something that is extreme : ultimate used with the
7 : a period of action or turn in any of various sports events (such as archery or lawn bowling)
in the end
: after all, ultimately will surely succeed in the end
no end
: exceedingly it pleases us no end
on end
: without a stop or letup it rained for days on end
ended; ending; ends

Definition of end (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to bring to an end
2 : to make up the end of a wedding scene ends the film

intransitive verb

1a : to come to an end the meeting will end at noon
b : to reach a specified ultimate rank, situation, or place usually used with upended up as a colonel
2 : die

Definition of end (Entry 3 of 5)

: final, ultimate end results end markets
ended; ending; ends

Definition of end (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

dialectal, England
: to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack
variants: or endo-

Definition of end- (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : within : inside endoskeleton — compare ect-, exo-
2 : taking in endothermic

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Other Words from end

Noun

ended \ ˈen-​dəd How to pronounce ended (audio) \ adjective

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Noun

intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about. announced his intention to marry intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness. the clear intent of the statute purpose suggests a more settled determination. being successful was her purpose in life design implies a more carefully calculated plan. the order of events came by accident, not design aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing. her aim was to raise film to an art form end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such. willing to use any means to achieve his end object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need. his constant object was the achievement of pleasure objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable. their objective is to seize the oil fields goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship. worked years to reach her goals

Verb (1)

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

Examples of end in a Sentence

Noun The report is due at the end of the month. She interviewed several players at the end of the game. The restaurant is in the north end of the city. We biked from one end of the island to the other. The house is at the end of the road. They live at opposite ends of town. the deep end of a swimming pool She drove the end of the stake into the ground. The car's front end was damaged. One end of the rope was tangled. Adjective the end product of a process the end point of the operation
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wife Lisa Bonet makes a cameo appearance at the end, helping her husband lift some not-so-heavy weights. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "The funniest celeb commercials, from Ja Rule's low-budget ad to Taylor Swift for Apple Music," 3 July 2020 Meanwhile, the Education Endowment Foundation in the UK estimates that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates at the end of primary school narrowed, from 11.5 months in 2009 to 9.2 months in 2019. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "There is an education crisis hiding behind Covid’s health and economic crises," 2 July 2020 At the end of May and into June, COVID-19 cases quickly sprang up again throughout the state. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "State records another daily high with 50 more Alaskan and nonresident COVID-19 cases," 2 July 2020 At the end of May, Google searches for hiking and trails hit an all-time high in Wisconsin and across the country. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leave No Trace is about more than picking up trash. Here's what you should know before getting outside in Wisconsin," 2 July 2020 The city of Belo Horizonte also based its decision to reopen at the end of May on ICU bed occupation, a decision Mayor Alexandre Kalil now regrets. CNN, "'Sending the population to the slaughterhouse': Restaurants and bars open in Rio, as experts warn worst is yet to come," 2 July 2020 Beth was battling throat cancer at the end of Lou’s time at ND. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "Beth Holtz, wife of Notre Dame football coaching legend Lou Holtz, leaves powerful legacy," 2 July 2020 At the end of a long day, your right quadriceps are likely to be sore. Jared Gall, Car and Driver, "Part Ferrari, Part Porsche, Part Other Plenty of Other Parts," 1 July 2020 At the end of the route at United Nations Plaza, artist Gilbert Baker premiered the rainbow flag that would later become the symbol of the gay pride movement around the world. Bill Van Niekerken, SFChronicle.com, "More than 50 Chronicle archive photos for SF Pride’s 50th anniversary," 1 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some graduates are worried the July exam will end up being cancelled, anyway, if COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to spike. Anne Ryman, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Supreme Court will hold in-person July bar exam despite COVID-19 concerns," 4 July 2020 But some states pay out their unemployment benefits on weeks that end on Saturdays or Sundays. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Extra $600 in pandemic unemployment aid may end a week early for some," 1 July 2020 There was precious little good fortune in 2020, a year that will end the baseball livelihoods of so many, even if some may not know it yet. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Minor League Baseball's canceled 2020 season a cruel blow in grim 2020 sports year," 30 June 2020 Daryl Harris, assistant district attorney, said there are too many incidental interactions with the police that end up at the courthouse. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "East Side town hall takes on criminal justice reform and preventing police brutality," 27 June 2020 And these are just the numbers of cases that end up being reported. Stefano Pozzebon And Tatiana Arias, CNN, "Colombian soldiers confess to sexually abusing indigenous girl, says Attorney General," 27 June 2020 That same offseason, Griffin was preparing for his sophomore season at Oklahoma — a season that would end with him as the favorite to go No. 1 in the 2009 NBA draft. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Troy Weaver excited to have Blake Griffin: 'He’s definitely in our plans'," 24 June 2020 In January, House Democrats released a draft climate bill that, experts say, would effectively end the practice for pipeline projects. Popular Science, "Landowners say pipelines are being constructed in their backyards with little regard for COVID-19," 18 June 2020 There are two more budget hearings, one on Thursday evening; another beginning Friday at noon that won't end until everyone has had their say. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Citizens to council: Defund the police or we'll vote you out," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Several Democrats in the 2020 field prescribe a public option as either their end goal or, in the case of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as part of a longer-term process to get to a Medicare For All system. Ali Vitali, NBC News, "Michael Bloomberg releases first part of health care plan," 20 Dec. 2019 The Dodgers could very well end October with a World Series trophy. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "World Series Power Rankings: Which Division Leader Should Be the Title Favorite?," 3 Sep. 2019 Clemency reform wouldn’t totally end long prison sentences written into law, including mandatory minimums for drug offenses. German Lopez, Vox, "Cory Booker has a plan to reform the criminal justice system — without Congress," 20 June 2019 And their end goal is … the destruction of America as a whole. CBS News, "Blaze Bernstein murder: Was an Ivy League student slain in the name of hate?," 20 July 2019 This gives the group even more control over the eye-care process, from manufacturing to contact with end customers. Andrea Felsted, Fortune, "Ray-Ban Owner Clinches GrandVision Deal," 31 July 2019 Among the initiatives that take effect first: — Medicare payment changes that would provide a financial incentive for doctors and clinics to help kidney patients stave off end-stage disease by about six months. Washington Post, "Trump directs government to revamp care for kidney disease," 10 July 2019 Among the initiatives that take effect first: Medicare payment changes that would provide a financial incentive for doctors and clinics to help kidney patients stave off end-stage disease by about six months. NBC News, "Trump to order overhaul of kidney disease program," 10 July 2019 Three times a week, hundreds of thousands of Americans with end-stage kidney disease trudge to dialysis centers to get the treatment that keeps them alive. Bloomberg News, oregonlive.com, "Less dialysis, more kidney transplants: Trump overhauls chronic care system," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of end

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for end

Noun

Middle English ende, from Old English; akin to Old High German enti end, Latin ante before, Greek anti against

Verb (2)

probably alteration of English dialect in to harvest

Combining form

French, from Greek, from endon within; akin to Greek en in, Old Latin indu, Hittite andan within — more at in

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“End.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for end

end

noun
How to pronounce end- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of end

: a point that marks the limit of something : the point at which something no longer continues to happen or exist
: the last part of a story, movie, song, etc.
: the part at the edge or limit of an area

end

noun
\ ˈend How to pronounce end (audio) \

Kids Definition of end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part near the boundary of an area I live in the city's north end.
2 : the point where something stops or ceases to exist That's the end of the story.
3 : the first or last part of a thing She knotted the end of the rope.
4 : death sense 1, destruction “You'll meet the same sticky end as your parents one of these days, Harry Potter …”— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets
6 : a player in football positioned at the end of the line of scrimmage
7 : a part of an undertaking He kept his end of the agreement.

end

verb
ended; ending

Kids Definition of end (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring or come to an end : stop, finish I wish vacation would never end. He ended the discussion.
end up
: to reach or come to a place, condition, or situation unexpectedly “… unless you make a deal with his dad, you're going to end up with nothing …”— Andrew Clements, Frindle

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