ended up; ending up; ends up

Definition of end up

: to reach or come to a place, condition, or situation that was not planned or expected The book ended up in the trash. He didn't want to end up like his father. She ended up a rich woman. He ended up (living) in a nursing home. The movie we wanted to see was sold out so we ended up seeing a different one.

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“End up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end%20up. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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