\ 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 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 Marx and other disabled veterans aimed to put an end to that. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, "'We will have our voice heard': Founded in Cincinnati, Disabled American Veterans honors 100th anniversary," 11 Nov. 2020 With this knowledge and subsequent conversations with the MHSAA, our governing body for high school sports, Groves Varsity Football will be forfeiting the next contest with Warren Mott and the Groves Football season will come to an end. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "Birmingham Groves booted from MHSAA football playoffs for violating eligibility rule," 11 Nov. 2020 The coronavirus pandemic put an end to the parties, leaving the ballroom’s operator in bankruptcy and the jaw-dropping space empty again. Aisha Al-muslim, WSJ, "A Grand Harlem Ballroom Is Empty Again in Coronavirus Pandemic," 11 Nov. 2020 That gave an infusion of hope to a world desperate for an end to the deadly coronavirus pandemic. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "VA Hospital workers in Louisville are in line for the first COVID-19 vaccine shots," 11 Nov. 2020 This includes those whose employers have gone out of business, have cut back on staff permanently or have had temporary jobs come to an end. Chris Isidore And Tal Yellin, CNN, "These charts show the jobs recovery is far from complete," 10 Nov. 2020 The Atlantic hurricane season comes to an end on Nov. 30. Leigh Morgan, al, "Subtropical Storm Theta forms, breaking the record for most named storms in a single season in the Atlantic," 10 Nov. 2020 The legend of Horsepuppy almost all came to an abrupt end a few years ago when McLernon and Doyle, sitting in their den one evening, heard what sounded like an approaching freight train. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Horsepuppy a friendly horse who’s become the unofficial mascot of the Northwood neighborhood — even after taking flight in a tornado," 10 Nov. 2020 Indigenous tribes in northern Washington are looking for ways to bring an end to a 100-year-old dam that has not powered a Washington home since 1959. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Washington tribe leading renewed effort to end century-old dam," 10 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb His luck may well end now that Joe Biden has been elected the next President. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "William Barr’s “Radical Break” from Precedent, and the Future of the Justice Department," 12 Nov. 2020 Football season is not the same this year for obvious reasons, but the outdoor grilling fun doesn't necessarily have to end. Madison Durham, USA TODAY, "Now is the best time to shop for grills—here's what to buy," 11 Nov. 2020 But the desperation didn’t end with the payment, Johnson said. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's unemployment backlog leading to feelings of hopelessness, contributing to thoughts of suicide," 11 Nov. 2020 Still, that didn't end the threat from the giant insects that can deliver painful though rarely deadly stings to people and wipe out entire hives of honey bees. CBS News, ""Murder hornet" nest with nearly 200 queens destroyed "in the nick of time"," 11 Nov. 2020 Even though his possible final season has yet to end, one of the highlights of his career came a few weeks ago when the Blazers faced off against Moll’s hometown Miami Hurricanes. Evan Dudley, al, "‘A different way’: How Kris Moll became a consistent force for UAB," 9 Nov. 2020 But despite the fact that this changing of the guard has many feeling relieved, our work doesn’t end here. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Election Might Be Over—But Our Work As Travelers Isn't," 9 Nov. 2020 President Trump frequently promised a vaccine by Election Day, but the misinformation didn’t end last week. Melody Schreiber, The New Republic, "There’s a Lot We Don’t Know About the Promising Covid Vaccine," 9 Nov. 2020 Vote tabulations routinely continue beyond Election Day, and states largely set the rules for when the count has to end. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Biden on the brink, one state victory from the White House," 5 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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

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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 24 Nov. 2020.

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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


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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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