\ 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


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



Definition of end (Entry 3 of 5)

: final, ultimate end results end markets


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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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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Prince Salim and Anarkali’s love, forbidden by taboos of nobility and class, comes to a tragic end when Akbar orders Anarkali to be buried alive. Mansi Choksi, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 Carefully crafted to maximize the impact and energy of modern electronic music, the S-80 headphones have a punchy low end, smooth midrange and clear highs. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 21 June 2022 With the end of the school year and the official beginning of summer, outdoor festival season is heating up. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 21 June 2022 According to multiple outlets, the change was made to focus on the new titular year, which will have storylines about the end of World War I and the start of the Prohibition era. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 21 June 2022 According to the Modern Lifecycle Policy, which applies to Windows 10, users will be notified a year before the end. Deborah Sullivan Brennan, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 Mercer, for example, tacked three years onto the end of his contract, which now expires in 2026. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 21 June 2022 Promontory is an area of high ground at the north end of the Great Salt Lake. Kolbie Peterson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 June 2022 The site has Beauchamp getting picked four picks before the end of the first round. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The interactive display is near the new Andrew J. Brady Music Center, but the significance of the location does not end there. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 24 June 2022 The agreement to destroy those spots doesn't end the case. Ed White, Detroit Free Press, 23 June 2022 Just banning assault weapons won’t end all the damage guns do. Christopher Colwell, Scientific American, 22 June 2022 Forcing kids to pose with characters often does not end well, Daniels said. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 21 June 2022 Indeed, most mainstream portrayals of trailblazing gay men in Ulrich’s lifetime didn’t end well. Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2022 That online effort didn’t end with his candidacy but rather continues today, said Jonathan Ong, a disinformation researcher at the University of Massachusetts and Harvard University who studied the 2016 and 2022 elections. Michael E. Miller And Regine Cabato, Anchorage Daily News, 20 June 2022 But the decision does not completely end Assange's decade-long fight to avoid facing a U.S. trial in a case that could have implications for First Amendment protections. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 17 June 2022 The list of advantages that SPACs offer doesn’t end with lower risks, though. Gary Fowler, Forbes, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sedimentologist Christopher Fielding of the University of Connecticut, one of our longtime colleagues, had recently identified these rocks as river and lake sediments deposited during the end-Permian event. Chris Mays, Scientific American, 23 June 2022 But Heller and McDonald do not support applying means-end scrutiny in the Second Amendment context. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 23 June 2022 Another helpful metric to track during the digital journey is one that is very end-of-funnel-centric. Ashlee Piga, Forbes, 14 Apr. 2022 The response: The invasion of Ukraine is bringing to an end Western investment in Russia. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 This is just before the end-Permian extinction event. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 23 Feb. 2022 Curling: Four years after losing in the Pyeongchang final to American upstart John Shuster, Niklas Edin led Sweden to the gold medal, beating Britain 5-4 in the first extra-end men’s final in Olympic history. San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Feb. 2022 The sale is especially great for travelers who haven't booked end-of-year trips—or are looking to gift a stay to a friend. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, 29 Nov. 2021 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, 17 Dec. 2020 See More

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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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\ 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, Harry Potter and the 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.


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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