end

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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 poetryR. 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

end

2 of 5

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

end

3 of 5

adjective

: final, ultimate
end results
end markets

end

4 of 5

verb (2)

ended; ending; ends

transitive verb

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

end-

5 of 5

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Through their first six offensive possessions (not counting a kneel at the end of the first half), the Lions had recorded three three-and-outs and had crossed midfield just twice. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 Babelsberg was bought by TPG Real Estate Partners at the end of 2021, and last year it was integrated into TPG’s Cinespace Studios, which is one of the largest production facility operators in the world with 109 stages. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 22 Feb. 2024 The 1975 will be taking a break at the end of its Still at Their Very Best Tour, but fans needn’t worry – the band won’t be gone for long. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2024 The lease is up at the end of the season, and the new ballpark in Vegas won’t be ready until 2028, so the A’s are considering playing in Sacramento or Salt Lake City or extending their lease in Oakland in the intervening period. Jason Mastrodonato, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 Then, all the quality problems, plus new FAA design requirements, and routine maintenance on aircraft stored for many months delayed delivery once the FAA approved the Max for flight at the end of 2020. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 22 Feb. 2024 If SunPower chose to accrue this quarterly PIK interest, the loan balance would grow from $125 million at issuance, to upwards of $270 million at the end of the 5-year term, according to an analyst. Christopher Helman, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2024 Its market cap of roughly $550 billion is up from around $257 billion at the end of 2021. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 22 Feb. 2024 After 24 years on the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, Federal Glover will step down at the end of this year. East Bay Times Editorial, The Mercury News, 10 Feb. 2024
Verb
But for others, there are no outward signs that the pregnancy has ended. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Parents, 23 Feb. 2024 Honda, in a significant shift, ended plans for affordable EV development in collaboration with GM. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 The decision didn’t end the debate, however, with other cases bouncing around the courts. Suhauna Hussain, Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2024 Dutch Bros ended last year with 831 locations and plans to open between 150 to 165 restaurants this year, per the company’s latest financial reports. Angela L. Pagán / The Takeout, Quartz, 23 Feb. 2024 Her concert ends, conservatively, at 11 p.m. Saturday night, Feb. 10, which is 6 a.m. Saturday morning in Las Vegas. Bryan West, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2024 The company ended 2023 with a total of 97.7 million streaming subscribers. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 In January, Sony Group Corporation ended its more than two-year attempt to merge its TV and streaming businesses in India with ZEEL. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 23 Feb. 2024 Last year, the 1975 announced plans for an indefinite break following the conclusion of their Still… At Their Very Best tour, scheduled to end on March 24. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 22 Feb. 2024
Adjective
The long diagonal spout provides greater reach into garden beds, and the interchangeable brass roses (the end sprinkler attachments) allow for customized water pressure from a fine mist to heavier shower. Ebony Roberts, wsj.com, 17 Oct. 2023 The end-Triassic extinction, which happened 201 million years ago, was Earth’s third most severe extinction event since the dawn of animal life. Howard Lee, Ars Technica, 8 Feb. 2023 The Republican Party has gone all in on the culture war, and its end-state goal is to force the unconditional surrender of blue states on issues of health care access for women and transgender people. Brynn Tannehill, The New Republic, 15 Mar. 2023 Associated and Nicolet shares also started to bounce after sinking early Monday morning, posting end-ofthe-day declines 3.8% and 2.9%, respectively, while U.S. Bank’s stock fell 10%. Genevieve Redsten, Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2023 Crawford’s end-of-2022 numbers — a 3-6 record and 5.47 ERA with a 23.1 percent strikeout rate and 8.7 percent walk rate before getting shut down with a shoulder impingement — were hardly dazzling. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Mar. 2023 The process would recycle end-of-life battery and production scrap and remanufacture that into critical materials, the Energy Department said in a blog post. Matthew Daly, Fortune, 9 Feb. 2023 While most sharks gradually returned to shallow waters after the end-Permian mass extinction, some species permanently adapted to deeper waters, concludes the Cladodontomorph study. Samantha Arrowsmith, Discover Magazine, 15 Apr. 2022 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 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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“End.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

end

1 of 3 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
ended adjective

end

2 of 3 verb
: to bring or come to an end : stop

end-

3 of 3 combining form
variants or endo-
1
: within : inside
endoskeleton
compare exo-
2
: taking in
endothermic
Etymology

Combining form

derived from Greek end-, endo- "inside, within"

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