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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Three more dates with businesslike endings would pass before frustration set in. New York Times, "She Wanted Lavish, He Was Fine With City Hall," 8 June 2018 Then all of a sudden ghost movies with twist endings will have their five minutes in the sun. Tom Philip, GQ, "Upgrade Director Leigh Whannell Makes Movies for Himself," 1 June 2018 Officials described a high-stakes scramble, with an uncertain ending, as Trump presses his advisers to move ahead with the goal of meeting on June 12, despite concerns among top national security staff there isn't enough time to prepare. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump ramps up pressure to get North Korea summit on track," 28 May 2018 Once Upon a Time signed off with happy endings for its fairytale characters during its series finale on Friday night. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Lana Parilla, Andrew J. West Bid Farewell to Once Upon a Time as Fans Rejoice at the Series Finale," 18 May 2018 But, even with the shock ending of Infinity War, the tone of these movies has always been broad and good-natured, in contrast, for instance, to the sheer oppressiveness of DC’s botched attempts at cinematic universes. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is Marvel Killing the Movies?," 1 May 2018 East Troy’s third state tournament appearance this decade ended up being an uphill battle with an disappointing ending. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "WIAA basketball: Peter Brookshaw leads Prescott past East Troy," 15 Mar. 2018 As for the plot, the series concluded with an overall happy ending. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Downton Abbey Movie Is Finally Happening & All Your Favorite Characters Are Back," 13 July 2018 But at around the 400-page mark one begins to worry there’s nothing coming but more relationships with unhappy endings, more lessons learned the hard way. Jim Ruland, latimes.com, "A feral California childhood is revealed in Glen David Gold's 'I Will Be Complete'," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of ending

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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