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 ended (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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Two former college classmates created the service with a dual purpose: to offer swift delivery of whatever a high-end customer might need (champagne on a yacht, anyone?) and to provide a new way to respond to natural disasters or emergencies. Wired, "The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit," 17 Sep. 2019 Lordet recommends investing in Moroccanoil Curl Re-Energizing Spray ($12; amazon.com), a hydrating spray that refreshes limp, end-of-day waves and restores bounce to curls that might have gotten smooshed when slept on. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "Selena Gomez Is Embracing Her Natural Curls for Fall—and We Have Stylist Tips to Get Her Look," 16 Sep. 2019 The event, held each year on the plaza of Media Studios North, has become a tradition that offers an end-of-summer evening to enjoy live music, sample exotic beverages, peruse an elaborate silent auction and tangle with Lady Luck. David Laurell, Burbank Leader, "On the Town: It’s no gamble: Casino event raises funds for children’s dental clinic," 16 Sep. 2019 Powders or creams; light to full coverage; drugstore to high-end — the formulas offered are seemingly endless. Allure, "The Best Base Makeup of 2019: Concealers, Foundations, Highlighters, and More," 16 Sep. 2019 Economic factors suggest older people struggle to make ends meet in Massachusetts, event organizers said. BostonGlobe.com, "On Saturday, nearly 50 older workers plotted the next chapter of their working lives in the gym at the Dewitt Center in Roxbury during a city-sponsored workshop to help people age 50 and older find their next job.," 15 Sep. 2019 In the film, Lopez plays veteran Manhattan strip club dancer Ramona, who takes a mother desperate to make ends meet (played by Wu) under her wing. Lauren Huff, EW.com, "Jennifer Lopez on the surprise star who 'felt very comfortable in the strip club' in Hustlers," 13 Sep. 2019 The effect, multiple instructors said, can be exhausting, with teachers constantly scrambling to make ends meet, competing for work and spending unpaid hours preparing for sessions. Colin Moynihan, New York Times, "The Yoga Instructors vs. the Private Equity Firm," 11 Sep. 2019 It can be read as a sign of confidence that people are feeling good and be willing to spend, or it can be seen that more and more people are needing to rely on credit cards to get by or make ends meet. NBC News, "Americans are piling on credit card debt, despite recession warnings," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If no new cases crop up, the national outbreak would likely end on or about Sept. 30 — just before officials might have to decide on the U.S. elimination status. Washington Post, "No new measles cases reported in fading US outbreak," 18 Sep. 2019 The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback will undergo surgery on his right elbow and be placed on injured reserve, ending the 37-year-old’s 16th season just two weeks in. BostonGlobe.com, "PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger’s season is over.," 17 Sep. 2019 Though some of those programs have now ended, others lurch onwards more than eighteen years after 9/11. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The NRA Is Not a Domestic Terrorist Organization," 17 Sep. 2019 Former presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan all authored books after their terms ended, for example. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump says Democrats should look into Barack and Michelle Obama's books, Netflix deals," 17 Sep. 2019 The factory got a reprieve event though production of the once-pioneering electric Volt was ended. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit-Hamtramck workers want plant to get more product, temps to be permanent," 16 Sep. 2019 The Steelers quarterback will undergo surgery on his right elbow and be placed on injured reserve, ending his 16th season just two weeks in. Will Graves, chicagotribune.com, "Ben Roethlisberger will miss the rest of the Steelers season after undergoing elbow surgery," 16 Sep. 2019 While Rancho Bernardo’s two-year San Diego Section title reign ended last fall, the Broncos still have a string of nine consecutive appearances in the Southern California Regional tourney. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rancho Bernardo’s 118th straight golf win a state record," 16 Sep. 2019 Warren writes in a Medium post detailing her solution for ending Washington corruption. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump Administration ‘The Most Corrupt Administration Of Our Lifetimes’," 16 Sep. 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

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

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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