\ 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 Trim the root ends of 8 large scallions and thinly slice the entire scallions from root to tip. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "Ginger Scallion Noodles Are the Only Gift I'll Accept For My Birthday," 6 Dec. 2019 The score remained the same when Sean Lovell punched the ball loose from an Old Colony ball carrier at the Vikings 21-yard line with 1:20 left in regulation, bringing an abrupt end to a promising drive which began at the Cougars 14 with 7:50 to go. BostonGlobe.com, "The South Shore Voc-Tech senior scored the lone touchdown in the State Small School Vocational Bowl and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter to preserve an 8-0 victory over Old Colony at Monomoy Regional High School.," 6 Dec. 2019 Their win instantly raised the prospect of an early end to Germany’s coalition, which has almost two years to run. The Economist, "Under new management Germany’s Social Democrats pick new leaders," 5 Dec. 2019 Mobile Police Department Chief Lawrence Battiste, who has long advocated for an end to youth violence in the city, expressed disappointment in the aftermath of the shooting. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al, "Ladd-Peebles stadium shooting lawsuit faults City of Mobile, school system, others," 5 Dec. 2019 Leave at least 6 inches of wire loose at both ends of the coil. Ben Finio, Scientific American, "Build Your Own Speaker," 5 Dec. 2019 Users can select to turn on or off different lights with 12 separate controls every night until the end of the year. Evan Casey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "You can control the Christmas lights on this Wauwatosa home from your computer," 5 Dec. 2019 Coach Eric Brand has been suspended from Jan.1, 2020, through the end of the season, including the tournament. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "Southport boys basketball team reinstated for boys basketball tournament by IHSAA," 4 Dec. 2019 Another petition was presented in July demanding an end to plastic pollution under the Clean Water Act. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Environmental groups ban together to demand action on plastics from EPA," 3 Dec. 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/ended?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=end00002. Accessed 9 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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