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 In the end, the blue-chip index closed down 208.64 points, or 0.8%, at 25871.46. ... Avantika Chilkoti And Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Stocks End Mostly Lower as Apple Closes Stores," 19 June 2020 In the end, Miss Juneteenth is coming out at a time that feels both strange and right—Godfrey Peoples made it with her husband over the course of nearly seven years. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "Miss Juneteenth Is Your New Fave Pageant Movie, Mother-Daughter Drama, and Celebration of Black Women All in One," 19 June 2020 And in the end, the Senate passed a bill offering just $400 million for such expansion. Gloria Dickie, Scientific American, "Trump vs. Biden: How COVID-19 Will Affect Voting for President," 19 June 2020 And that, in the end, is what matters most of all to President Trump, Bolton argues. John Walcott, Time, "Bolton's New Book Alleges Trump Routinely Put Political Ambitions Above U.S. National Interests," 18 June 2020 In the end the union reached a deal and ended the strike without being able to save the plant. Chris Isidore, CNN, "GM closed its Lordstown plant. Now, Ohio wants its $60M tax break back," 18 June 2020 Police investigated the 35-year-old suspect, a Cleveland woman, but in the end, the workers decided against pursuing charges. cleveland, "Oberlin man charged with OVI and a felony for carrying concealed weapon: Solon police blotter," 18 June 2020 In the end, there was no transmission across the U.S., and the vaccination program was canceled. Caroline Chen, ProPublica, "How — and When — Can the Coronavirus Vaccine Become a Reality?," 17 June 2020 While stories did change over time, in the end, a general timeline of events was established. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Let him rest': Mother of man found dead by the Cudahy lakefront last year says police have done all they can," 17 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred flew to Arizona and met with union head Tony Clark for five hours on Tuesday in an effort to end the fighting and strike a deal. Ronald Blum, Cincinnati.com, "MLB tells players at most 60 games; 50 or fewer possible," 20 June 2020 The decision to end DACA was a centerpiece of those efforts. Emily Cochrane, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says administration will try again to end ‘Dreamers’ program," 19 June 2020 The Supreme Court has blocked the Trump Administration's attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for June 19: DACA, coronavirus, police reform, Facebook, economy," 19 June 2020 The plaintiffs, however, argued that while the government has the power to end the program, it is also bound by federal law to do so in a reasonable manner. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Ineptitude Keeps Dream Alive for DACA Recipients," 18 June 2020 The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign. Mark Sherman, Houston Chronicle, "Court rejects Trump bid to end DACA program for young immigrants," 18 June 2020 In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), under a new Administration, made an attempt to end the program, which was immediately met with lawsuits and has been in legal limbo since then. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Supreme Court Halts White House Effort to End DACA Program," 18 June 2020 The Supreme Court ruling Thursday blocking the Trump administration’s attempt to end the DACA program has spared more than 640,000 young immigrants from potential deportation, bringing surprise and a….. Maria Sacchetti, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "For ‘dreamers,' elation and relief at Supreme Court decision extending DACA," 18 June 2020 That was the reason the Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote Thursday, halted Mr. Trump’s plan to end an Obama administration program providing work permits for some 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who entered the U.S. as children. ... Jess Bravin And Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump’s DACA Setback Puts Immigration, Judicial Picks in 2020 Spotlight," 18 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 3 Jul. 2020.

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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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