end·​game | \ ˈen(d)-ˌgām How to pronounce endgame (audio) \

Definition of endgame

: the stage of a chess game after major reduction of forces also : the final stage of some action or process

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Examples of endgame in a Sentence

they're now in the endgame of the negotiations for a new labor contract
Recent Examples on the Web In timely fashion, Brokaw and his fellow journalist James Reston Jr. have published accounts of their experiences witnessing the Watergate endgame up close — the better, ostensibly, to help us interpret what’s happening now. David Greenberg, Washington Post, "Two accounts of Watergate remind readers: No one knew how it would end," 15 Nov. 2019 More than new zones, raids, or endgame-progressions systems, this is what has me excited to play WoW when Shadowlands launches late next year. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "World of Warcraft: Shadowlands impressions: Leveling alts is about to get a lot more fun," 10 Nov. 2019 Regardless of industry, the endgame of self-determination is to no longer have to rely on a Congress that was never reliable in the first place. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Congress Is Still Breaking Treaties and Cheating Indian Country," 26 Sep. 2019 Gearbox tweaks its formula for the times by giving players more replay value and a better endgame. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: Brilliant ‘Borderlands 3’ more than worth the wait," 20 Sep. 2019 The accelerating pace of events suggests that Britain’s Brexit nightmare may finally be approaching an endgame after years of paralysis. Stephen Castle, BostonGlobe.com, "Johnson loses Brexit vote, as lawmakers rebel," 3 Sep. 2019 But that team never materialized, and by 2013 Snowden was planning his endgame. Washington Post, "In his memoir, he recounts how a Rubik’s Cube helped him expose government secrets.," 14 Sep. 2019 But as a filmmaker, his endgame, messaging and true persona feel a bit blurry. latimes.com, "Review: Documentaries ‘The Lavender Scare,’ ‘Ghost Fleet’ and more," 6 June 2019 But both Emmert and Fee are smart enough to see the endgame here. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "In NCAA fight, athletes inching closer to fairness," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of endgame

1881, in the meaning defined above

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2 Dec 2019

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“Endgame.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endgame. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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