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

end

verb (1)
ended; ending; ends

Definition of end (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to bring to an end
b : destroy
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 up ended up as a colonel
2 : die

end

adjective

Definition of end (Entry 3 of 5)

: final, ultimate end results end markets

end

verb (2)
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 end- (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 On the in-person end, the annual PrideFest -- a street fair where local businesses sell food, clothes and other wares while performers put on shows across small stages -- will be coming back fully in-person this year on June 27. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 9 June 2021 On the northern end of the strip, developers are nearly done with a $90 million, 331-unit apartment complex called Breakwater North Harbor. BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2021 On the rider end, a passenger could secure a trip more quickly by riding with that driver. Washington Post, 9 June 2021 When the pandemic forced museum closures for months on end, earned revenue from memberships, restaurants, shops and the like plummeted. Los Angeles Times, 8 June 2021 The noise-canceling function adds to the calling experience so the user can hear the person on the other end of the call more clearly, even in noisy situations. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Conversely, Ayton scored 32 points on 13-for-22 shooting in a similar sample size against Jokic on the other end. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 8 June 2021 And on the other end, Leonard remains the ultimate stopper to deploy against Utah's wing scorers when Donovan Mitchell, Bojan Bogdanovic or Jordan Clarkson gets hot. Larry Starks, USA TODAY, 8 June 2021 Cousins tied up Rudy Gobert and stripped the ball from him on one end, then scored and completed a 3-point play seconds later. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the fifth, though, the lineup found its rhythm and scored eight runs to end the game by the 10-run rule. Randy Mcroberts, baltimoresun.com, 10 June 2021 But Murphy struck out Parker Guillaume and Braden Wilson to end the game. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, 10 June 2021 Milner allowed one hit but struck out two hitters, including the dangerous Jesse Winker to end the game. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 Take too much time in your lurch across the overworld, and the Brotherhood of Steel might just secure enough influence to end the game early. Luke Winkie, Wired, 9 June 2021 The Tommies cut the lead to 4-2 when Enck scored on shortstop Stephen Rice's error on Thorp's grounder, but the rally ended when Charlie Bartholomew flew out to left to end the game. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 Cease finished with 10 strikeouts, Bummer had two and Hendricks recorded two, including back-to-back punchouts against Eric Haase and Nomar Mazara to end the game. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 The Custer Park resident, who also was on Providence’s bowling team, scored the final run to end the game after a bases-loaded walk to pinch-hitter Mike Swanson. Jeff Vorva, chicagotribune.com, 5 June 2021 Cleanup hitter Dejah Mulipola struck out looking to end the game. Pj Brown, The Arizona Republic, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When his parents find out, George's father comes up with a scheme to raise giant animals to get rich and end world hunger. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2020 The new facility will replace Gilchrist’s inpatient hospice center on Eutaw Street downtown, which has provided end-of-life care for city residents for over 30 years. Angela Roberts, baltimoresun.com, 10 Nov. 2020 Brown has received a request to host a virtual Wisdom Sharing Night at the monthly meeting of the Minnesota Death Collaborative, an organization of end-of-life professionals. Julie Kendrick Next Avenue, Star Tribune, 14 Oct. 2020 That’s despite the dramatic changes in ocean temperature and chemistry that accompanied the end-Permian mass extinction, which eliminated nearly all marine life. Raleigh Mcelvery, Science | AAAS, 15 Sep. 2020 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, 20 Dec. 2019 The Dodgers could very well end October with a World Series trophy. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, 3 Sep. 2019 Clemency reform wouldn’t totally end long prison sentences written into law, including mandatory minimums for drug offenses. German Lopez, Vox, 20 June 2019 And their end goal is … the destruction of America as a whole. CBS News, 20 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 22 Jun. 2021.

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end

noun

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
5 : purpose, goal
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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