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end

noun \ ˈend \

Definition of end

1 a :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)
2 a :cessation of a course of action, pursuit, or activity
c (1) :the ultimate state
(2) :result, issue
3 :something incomplete, fragmentary, or undersized :remnant
4 a :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
5 a :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)

ended

play \ˈen-dəd\ adjective
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

Examples of end in a Sentence

  1. The report is due at the end of the month.

  2. She interviewed several players at the end of the game.

  3. The restaurant is in the north end of the city.

  4. We biked from one end of the island to the other.

  5. The house is at the end of the road.

  6. They live at opposite ends of town.

  7. the deep end of a swimming pool

  8. She drove the end of the stake into the ground.

  9. The car's front end was damaged.

  10. One end of the rope was tangled.

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Origin and Etymology of end

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

Synonym Discussion of end

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

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end

verb

Definition of end

transitive verb
1 a :to bring to an end
b :destroy
2 :to make up the end of
  • a wedding scene ends the film
intransitive verb
1 a :to come to an end
  • the meeting will end at noon
b :to reach a specified ultimate rank, situation, or place usually used with up
  • ended up as a colonel
2 :die

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First Known Use of end

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of end

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

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end

adjective

Definition of end

:final, ultimate
  • end results
  • end markets

Examples of end in a Sentence

  1. the end product of a process

  2. the end point of the operation

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First Known Use of end

13th century


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end

verb

Definition of end

transitive verb
dialectal, England
:to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

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Origin and Etymology of end

probably alteration of English dialect in to harvest

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end-

combining form
variants: or endo-

Definition of end-

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

Origin and Etymology of end-

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


END Defined for English Language Learners

end

noun

Definition of end for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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end

noun \ ˈend \

Definition of end for Students

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 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.

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end

verb

Definition of end for Students

ended; ending
: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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