end·game | \ˈen(d)-ˌgām \

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

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With Syrian government forces raising the national flag on Thursday over Dara’a, birthplace of the revolt against Mr. Assad, the endgame of the Syrian civil war seemed to be fast approaching. New York Times, "Netanyahu Says Putin Agreed to Restrain Iran in Syria," 12 July 2018 State of Decay 2’s endgame is murky from the start. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "State of Decay 2 review: Shambling toward nothing," 22 May 2018 This approach might make sense — politically if not morally — if there was a clear endgame. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "3 lessons from Trump’s immigration fiasco," 22 June 2018 Prior to the chaotic endgame, Cleveland had plenty of reasons to smile. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "Silver Linings Emerge for Cavs After One of ‘Toughest Losses’ of LeBron James's Career," 3 June 2018 In the lab, Elsie repairs Bernard (at least for the time being) and uncovers more about Delos' endgame—more on that later. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Westworld' Season 2 Episode 4 Revealed What Delos Is Really Doing in the Park," 14 May 2018 The necklace is the endgame for Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), a professional thief. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "How Anne Hathaway Harnessed Her Rage Into Sweet Success," 29 May 2018 That’s because the concept of first, second, and third base don’t really apply to gay men because our endgame is different. Alim Kheraj, GQ, "The Biggest Myth About Gay Sex," 28 June 2018 Thus, Anthem is in the precarious position of making promises about an engaging combination of combat, plot, and endgame progression—a juggle that the Destiny series has fumbled time and time again. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "EA at E3: BioWare confirms Anthem in Feb 2019, Madden returns to PC," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of endgame

1881, in the meaning defined above

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