ending

noun
end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ \

Definition of ending

: something that constitutes an end: such as
a : conclusion a movie with a happy ending
b : one or more letters or syllables added to a word base especially in inflection

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Examples of ending in a Sentence

I didn't like the book's ending. Common verb endings in English are “-s,” “-ed,” and “-ing.” You can often recognize an English adverb by its “-ly” ending.
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Soderbergh specializes in great, unexpected endings, and this one has a final act that feels syncopated, weird, brainy. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Why Netflix's High Flying Bird Feels Like The Future of Movies," 8 Feb. 2019 Instead of an obvious cliffhanger at the end of Season 2, the Hawkins gang received a surprise happy ending—minus that ominous final shot of the Mind Flayer hovering over a version of the school inside the Upside Down. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stranger Things Season 3: Everything We Know So Far," 10 Dec. 2018 Of course, being a Viennese operetta, The Csárdás Princess reaches a happy ending, with a lot of lively music and dancing along the way. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "Love conquers all in The Csárdás Princess," 13 July 2018 Anything except a happy ending would feel disingenuous for this show, which has an undaunted faith in the human spirit. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Netflix's wonderful and weird 'Sense8' gets a pitch-perfect ending (and an orgy)," 8 June 2018 But relationships among co-workers will happen — and not all of them will have happy endings. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In the #MeToo era, creating a workplace culture of respect is essential," 4 May 2018 Mourinho however, is not one for handing out happy endings. SI.com, "Manchester United vs Arsenal Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 28 Apr. 2018 The five-season series has a definitive ending for central antihero Walter White, played by breakout star Bryan Cranston, but that hasn’t prevented additional storytelling within its universe. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Vince Gilligan is writing a Breaking Bad sequel film starring Aaron Paul," 7 Nov. 2018 Many are also now holding out hope that this might mean a happy ending for Callie and her longtime love, Arizona Robbins (Jessica Capshaw). Megan Stein, Country Living, "'Grey's Anatomy' Star Sara Ramirez Says She's Open to a Callie Return and Fans Are Freaking Out," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of ending

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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ending

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ending

: the final part of something
: a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word

ending

noun
end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ\

Kids Definition of ending

: the final part : end

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