end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ How to pronounce ending (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web But will our demon-killing title character be rewarded with a happy ending? Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Hemingway’ and 2021 SAG Awards top this week’s TV picks," 4 Apr. 2021 But will our demon-killing title character be rewarded with a happy ending? Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of April 4-10," 3 Apr. 2021 Some of the people frustrated with the ending criticized it as just going for shock value. Washington Post, "Sarah Pinborough, author of ‘Behind Her Eyes,’ talks about that controversial twist," 26 Mar. 2021 For Harry, this must have been agonizing to witness; his rage at his family and loyalty to his wife demand to be read as a desire to replay the story of his childhood, only this time with a happy ending. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "Meghan Markle Won’t Be Silenced," 8 Mar. 2021 Disney has too much invested in its streaming platform and the Marvel universe to risk seriously alienating fans with an ending that doesn’t in some way feed into their insatiable appetite for character crossovers or villain reveals. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "“WandaVision” is a reminder not all TV needs to be binged," 4 Mar. 2021 But the historic walk came with a surprise ending: The two astronauts missed their true destination. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "Temps climb toward normalcy; coating to 2" of snow," 17 Feb. 2021 Add the ability to trigger postgame Saban tears to that list as the final act of an improbable season with a predictable ending. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Nick Saban REALLY loves this Alabama football team," 12 Jan. 2021 The new season of The Bachelor premieres tonight with Matt James as its chiseled lead, a mere two weeks after perfect angel Tayshia Adams finished her season with a very happy ending. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Your Guide to Matt James, the New Broker Bachelor Who’s Already Selling Merch," 4 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of ending

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Ending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ending. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ending

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


end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ \

Kids Definition of ending

: the final part : end

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