\ 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


ended \ ˈen-​dəd How to pronounce end- (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 Such was the end, and the beginning, of formal legislative business Wednesday on Beacon Hill — an uncommon fog of action, even by the State House’s opaque standards. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Legislature begins new term just hours after finishing marathon meeting," 6 Jan. 2021 So is this the end of the adventures of Abel Tesfaye? Justin Curto, Vulture, "The Weeknd Debuts New Red Suit, Swollen Face in ‘Save Your Tears’ Video," 5 Jan. 2021 But the lease sale won’t be the end of the drama swirling around the refuge. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "What will happen at the first-ever ANWR oil lease sale? Here’s what we know.," 5 Jan. 2021 If this is the end, the double major at Stanford (psychology, sociology) will have options. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "2 Super Bowl rings, 0 snaps: 49ers’ Tyler Gaffney aims to finally realize NFL dream," 31 Dec. 2020 Regardless, Nickelodeon made sure their statement was the end-all-be-all of it and turned off replies to its original tweet. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "12 wild things that you may have forgotten actually happened in 2020," 30 Dec. 2020 Murphy was the best defensive end and No. 7 player out of Georgia at 6-5, 260. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Who’s better? Ohio State offensive lineman Harry Miller or Clemson defensive lineman Bryan Bresee: Sugar Bowl pivotal matchups," 30 Dec. 2020 But that wasn’t the end of legal complications for the project. Andrew Canulette And Sara Pagones | Staff Writers, NOLA.com, "Counting down the rest of St. Tammany's Top 10 stories of 2020," 29 Dec. 2020 Yet that is not the end of the ripple effects from all the shuttered classrooms. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Can companies help working parents without alienating everyone else?," 29 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Vaccination plans: For months, Americans have awaited the vaccine to end the coronavirus pandemic. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine refuses to give details on next rounds of COVID-19 vaccinations: The Wake Up for Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021," 6 Jan. 2021 Figuring out which population groups should be vaccinated in which order to end the pandemic quickly. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "How A.I. can speed up the COVID-19 vaccination drive," 5 Jan. 2021 Some say the proposal could accelerate the immunization process and end the pandemic sooner, but the FDA dismissed those arguments. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "FDA rejects proposals to inoculate more people by halving vaccine dose," 4 Jan. 2021 Logic and history tell us the most predictable way for this season to end is with Aaron Rodgers ripping Chicago’s heart out. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Week 17 predictions: Can the Chicago Bears beat the Green Bay Packers and punch their ticket to the playoffs?," 1 Jan. 2021 Appreciating music and musicians feels like the right way to end 2020 and begin what will hopefully be a much better year in 2021. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "50 songs from 2020 to know by Alabama musicians," 31 Dec. 2020 Texas is relying almost solely on vaccines, not other public health measures, to end the pandemic and return residents to normal life and commerce, Hotez noted. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Texas leaders’ plea for COVID-19 vaccines to be used quickly adds to big confusion over rollout rules," 30 Dec. 2020 Signing on may help the United States repair its fractured international reputation, in addition to helping end the pandemic faster. Popular Science, "Ending the pandemic means vaccinating the whole world—but the US is focusing on itself," 29 Dec. 2020 Getting enough of the U.S. vaccinated to eventually end the pandemic will require more work in all of these areas. Pamela Stewart Fahs, The Conversation, "Why getting COVID-19 vaccines to rural Americans is harder than it looks, and how to lift the barriers," 28 Dec. 2020 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, "Don’t try this at home: George’s Marvelous Medicine is quite toxic," 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, "Gilchrist breaks ground on new hospice center at Stadium Place in Baltimore," 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, "A day in the life of a Twin Cities end-of-life doula," 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, "Creepy sea spiders have evolved to be tough," 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, "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

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end. Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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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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