\ 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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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 Muñoz spent about $10,000 to launch his food truck and signed a yearlong lease at $3,000 a month, hoping that by the end of 2021 opening a full-service restaurant might be more viable. Los Angeles Times, "The pandemic dashed his restaurant dreams, so a fine-dining chef is taking his fried chicken to the streets," 4 Jan. 2021 The Golden Lions then added six points to that lead by the end of the period and entered halftime with a 49-26 advantage. Arkansas Online, "For UAPB hoops, 2 games are layups," 4 Jan. 2021 Emotions flowed outside of the west end of the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Saturday following the Oregon Ducks’ 34-17 loss to Iowa State in the Fiesta Bowl. oregonlive, "Emotions flow for Oregon Ducks parents watching sons play, reconnecting at Fiesta Bowl to end trying season," 3 Jan. 2021 The triangular end has three different sizes for gaps of varying width. Matt Jancer, Wired, "Gear and Tips to Winter-Proof Your Home and Stay Warm," 3 Jan. 2021 Earlier on Wednesday, British regulators approved a second vaccine, developed in labs at Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca, which officials said gave hope for an end to the plague of infections. New York Times, "Brexit, Lockdown and a Vaccine: A Head-Spinning Day of Change in U.K.," 30 Dec. 2020 Air travel isn't expected to recover for several years, even as the vaccine raises hopes for the end of the pandemic. Cnn Business Staff, CNN, "2020's biggest winners and losers in business," 30 Dec. 2020 Loujain Al-Hathloul, 31, rose to prominence for openly calling for women to be given the right to drive and for an end to Saudi Arabia's restrictive male guardianship system that had long limited women’s freedom of movement. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Loujain al-Hathloul, Saudi women's rights activist, sentenced to nearly 6 years in prison," 28 Dec. 2020 Unemployed Nevada residents were bracing for the end of some federal coronavirus relief benefits on Saturday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Sandhill cranes, black-footed ferrets, Washington crossing the Delaware: News from around our 50 states," 28 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, there's a possibility that outside forces may come into play that could instantly end the decade-long saga. Pan Pylas, ajc, "UK judge to rule on US extradition for WikiLeaks' Assange," 2 Jan. 2021 Carroll Hospital President Garrett Hoover is as happy as anyone about the COVID-19 vaccines that could eventually end the pandemic. Bob Blubaugh, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘Now is not the time’: Carroll Hospital president urges residents not to let COVID-19 guard — or masks — down," 31 Dec. 2020 The 2009 season is the most recent for the Bulldogs that did not end with a bowl. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Armed Forces Bowl by the numbers: Mississippi State vs. Tulsa," 30 Dec. 2020 Nisly, R-North Manchester, and John Jacob, R-Indianapolis, introduced a resolution that would immediately end the public health emergency now in place and cancel all actions taken by Gov. Eric Holcomb pursuant to that emergency declaration. Margaret Menge, Washington Examiner, "Indiana Republicans look to curb governor's power to declare emergency, close businesses," 30 Dec. 2020 The result is many possessions that end with difficult, forced shots. Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Pelicans Film Room: New Orleans' best offense is its defense," 29 Dec. 2020 Avoid hills that end in a street, drop off, parking lot, river or pond. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Sledding accidents can land kids in ER, study says; stay safe with these tips," 28 Dec. 2020 It’s the perfect coda to a presidency that will end, in part, because of Trump’s self-destructive approach to legislative relations. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Has an American President Ever Been Worse at Politics?," 28 Dec. 2020 Core to the mission is shrinking the flow of West African commodities to richer nations that end up reaping the bulk of the profit. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "The pandemic dealt a blow to global trade and revived an old dream: Self-reliance," 23 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 17 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


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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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