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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The novel’s dark, exciting ending finds Lorena searching for the missing scorpion researcher with the help of a police officer tormented by his role in railroading her brother. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 13 May 2022 Why did this ending always feel right? For several reasons. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 May 2022 There is, however, a threshold of rain that could cause a postponement or early ending. Rob Peeters, The Indianapolis Star, 13 May 2022 Despite that unhappy ending, Madrid’s connection to the insurgent effort led in roundabout fashion to Ukraine. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Check that: the Chicago Cubs would like a rewrite on the ending. Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 11 May 2022 All the more complicated is the country’s entertainment industry’s relationship, where visibility of out performers is scarce and potentially career-ending. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, 11 May 2022 The novel’s surprise ending is both shocking and inevitable, given the abuses of power that Green Meadow has yet to deal with. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 11 May 2022 His lawyers have filed a flurry of last-minute appeals and challenges, the latest ending in the state making a new batch of drugs to be used for the execution. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 10 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ending

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2022

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“Ending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ending. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ \

Kids Definition of ending

: the final part : end

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