\ 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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ended \ ˈen-​dəd How to pronounce ended (audio) \ adjective

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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 Wednesday, Maryland’s highest court put an end to a legal contest between City of Taneytown officials and the wife of a former city councilman that began in 2016. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Maryland’s top court upholds decisions in favor of Taneytown in Open Meetings Act lawsuit," 21 Nov. 2019 Then put that end in damp sand, perlite, vermiculite or even soil. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Introducing kalanchoe, the perfect houseplant for November in the north," 21 Nov. 2019 The recount should bring an end to what has been a months-long, dramatic campaign that spiraled into confusion on Election Night. BostonGlobe.com, "The city Board of Election Commissioners accepted the petitions Friday and delayed the certification of the election until the recount can be held, but said at the time it still needed to certify the voter signatures for the recount. That process was completed Wednesday.," 21 Nov. 2019 This would totally put an end to Jug’s investigating if Brett hadn’t clumsily put a very, very fine point on the situation. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "The “Riverdale” Thanksgiving Brought All the Feels — and an Exploding Turkey," 21 Nov. 2019 Bill Clinton faced a similar problem while brokering an end to the war in Bosnia. The Economist, "The art of the shadow deal Presidents have sometimes favoured back channels in foreign policy," 21 Nov. 2019 Cincinnati also sold its No. 3 overall SuperDraft pick to Inter Miami CF in a post-draft trade and saw defender Alvas Powell selected in the draft by Miami, bringing about an end to a player-club relationship that soured down the stretch in 2019. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "MLS expansion draft: FC Cincinnati trades for attacker Brandon Vazquez, parts with Alvas Powell, 2020 SuperDraft pick," 20 Nov. 2019 The conclusion also brings an end of an era for Amazon. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The Man in the High Castle ending explained: Series boss unpacks the 'ambiguous' finale," 19 Nov. 2019 On the second day of the protests, Mr. Jawar held a news conference and called for an end to the violence. Simon Marks, New York Times, "After a Massacre, Ethiopia’s Leader Faces Anger, and a Challenger," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Up next: Gordo ends the season 12-1, while Mobile Christian — which improved to 8-4 — hosts T.R. Miller in next week’s Class 3A semifinal. Arthur L. Mack, al, "Mobile Christian earns home playoff win over No. 1 Gordo," 23 Nov. 2019 Camilla ends her romance with Prince Charles and goes running back to Andrew. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Andrew Parker Bowles in The Crown?," 23 Nov. 2019 The episode ends with a PSA [which originally aired after the series premiere] about suicide that includes Chester Bennington‘s widow Talinda and his friend-bandmate Mike Shinoda. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "A Million Little Things creator on 'intense' midseason finale, PJ's fate," 22 Nov. 2019 The artistic direction ends up annoying the other band members to hilarious results. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Will Ferrell Says Christopher Walken Told Him SNL's 'More Cowbell' Sketch 'Ruined' His Life," 22 Nov. 2019 To the 15% or so of the population that is Tamil, however, Mr Rajapaksa’s ends do not justify his means. The Economist, "Sri Lanka’s new president has a worrying past," 21 Nov. 2019 Hopefully the turkey in Wisconsin ends up with a happier fate than the ones in Ohio. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Video shows wild turkey obsessively stalking Wisconsin mail truck," 21 Nov. 2019 January 25 - A 35-day government shutdown ends when Trump signs a short-term spending measure, providing three weeks of stopgap funding while lawmakers work on a border security compromise. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "2019 in Review Fast Facts," 21 Nov. 2019 Even where toilets are connected to the sewer, not all waste ends up at a treatment plant. Purva Dewoolkar, Quartz India, "India and China compete again—for whose toilet revolution is worse," 20 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 The boy, who had already had one lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis, was now in end-stage respiratory failure. Melissa Bailey, USA TODAY, "Miracle medical machine ECMO makes heroic rescues, but leaves patients in limbo," 17 June 2019 During all her struggles with end-stage kidney disease, Perry has managed to capture glimmers of hope. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'," 6 July 2018 Ealy, who has a played with the Carolina Panthers, New England Panthers and New York Jets since he was picked in the second round out of Missouri in 2014, can play both end spots and provide some reps inside, according to a source. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys add sixth bargain free agent, agree to 1-year deal with DE Kony Ealy | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of end


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


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for end


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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end-?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=end00001. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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


\ 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.


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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