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noun

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)
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 adjective

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verb (1)

ended; ending; ends

transitive verb

1
a
: to bring to an end
b
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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adjective

: final, ultimate
end results
end markets

end

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verb (2)

ended; ending; ends

transitive verb

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

end-

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combining form

variants or endo-
1
: within : inside
endoskeleton
compare ect-, exo-
2
: taking in
endothermic
Phrases
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
Choose the Right Synonym for end

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The second is the end of boundless liquidity from central banks. Alena Botros, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2022 But that wasn’t the end of Allen’s travails with VineBrook. Gretchen Morgenson, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2022 Prince Abdulaziz denied there were discussions of a production increase of 500,000 barrels a day, which The Wall Street Journal had reported was the higher end of what delegates were talking about. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, 22 Nov. 2022 The move would appear to be the end of the road for Trump in the yearslong saga of a House subpoena for his tax records in the stated interest of drafting oversight legislation. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2022 Under typical circumstances that might have been the end of the story. Jen Yamatostaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2022 These trending hashtags pose a looming threat – is this the end of Twitter? Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 That doesn't necessarily have to be the end of your relationship with the person who brought it up! Chicago Tribune, 17 Nov. 2022 When there was no reply, Jenna assumed that that was the end of it. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2022
Verb
Palisades had no answer for Stanley, who finished with 367 yards rushing and five touchdowns in helping the Highlanders (11-2) end their championship drought with a 44-7 victory. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 26 Nov. 2022 Now, the movie expected to end the five-day frame with roughly $26 million, which is still a dismal result given its $180 million production budget. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 25 Nov. 2022 These unique and affordable gifts (as in under-$20, under-$25, and under-$50 options) will surely spice up your 2022 and end the year with the best kind of medicine: laughter. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 25 Nov. 2022 Some guys can go five weeks without a sack and end the season with double digits. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Nov. 2022 Howard Buffett, 67, is helping farmers in impoverished nations produce more and working to end world hunger with his namesake foundation. Josh Funk, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2022 The month will end with them at 4-7 with wins over Green Bay, Chicago and the Giants, plus a close loss to the Bills. Dave Hogg, Chicago Tribune, 24 Nov. 2022 Polling over the last year shows that the Scots are roughly evenly divided on whether to end the union with Britain. Max Colchester, WSJ, 23 Nov. 2022 Maia Goodell, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the case could end with an expert developing a plan to ensure the District improves accessibility while making changes to existing projects. Ian Duncan, Washington Post, 22 Nov. 2022
Adjective
SungEel Recycling Park Georgia will recycle end-of-life batteries to reclaim critical metals such as nickel, cobalt and lithium. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, 18 Aug. 2022 Over the next several years, the first generation of EV batteries will reach end-of-life. Doron Frenkel, Forbes, 16 Aug. 2022 These conclusively tied the Siberian flood basalts to the end-Permian mass extinction, a key result for both biology and geology. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 2 July 2022 Sedimentologist Christopher Fielding of the University of Connecticut, one of our longtime colleagues, had recently identified these rocks as river and lake sediments deposited during the end-Permian event. Chris Mays, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 But Heller and McDonald do not support applying means-end scrutiny in the Second Amendment context. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 23 June 2022 Another helpful metric to track during the digital journey is one that is very end-of-funnel-centric. Ashlee Piga, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The response: The invasion of Ukraine is bringing to an end Western investment in Russia. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 This is just before the end-Permian extinction event. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 23 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of end was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“End.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

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noun

1
a
: the part at the boundary of an area
b
: a point that marks the limit of something or the point where something no longer exists
no end to her generosity
the end of the month
c
: the last part lengthwise : tip
2
a
: the stopping of a process or activity
3
: something left over : remnant
4
5
: a football lineman whose position is at the end of the line
6
: a phase of an undertaking
the sales end of the business
in the end
: after all
will succeed in the end
on end
: without interruption
rained for days on end
ended adjective

end

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verb

: to bring or come to an end : stop

end-

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combining form

variants or endo-
1
: within : inside
endoskeleton
compare exo-
2
: taking in
endothermic

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