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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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 Talk about a storybook ending for the tournament sponsors and the sizable galleries - attendance for the week was 65,000 - that tried their best to will one of their hometown heroes to victory. Gary D'amato, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "D'Amato: Scott McCarron takes American Family title from Steve Stricker, Jerry Kelly," 24 June 2018 The acronym is never explained, but once it has been read aloud, any reader of Melville’s 1851 masterwork will know to expect a bad ending. Clea Simon, BostonGlobe.com, "In Jordy Rosenberg’s new novel, it’s a trans, trans, trans, trans world," 22 June 2018 Altherr brought a feel-good ending to a difficult day for the bullpen and a rough ninth inning for catcher Andrew Knapp. Scott Lauber, Philly.com, "Aaron Altherr saves Phillies with game-winning hit in 10th inning," 18 June 2018 Their story isn’t the only happy ending to come from the show. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "The Guys Who Appear On Queer Eye Just Can’t Stop Getting Married," 2 June 2018 Yes, there is a happy ending on the horizon, and a good thing too. Kerry Lengel, azcentral, "Theater review: A reinvented ‘Color Purple’ raises the roof at ASU Gammage," 19 Apr. 2018 But whether there will be a happy ending on the Gold Coast for India's golden girl on her Games debut remains to be seen. Chris Scott, CNN, "Mary Kom: Get to know India's boxing superstar," 11 Apr. 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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