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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 The Blazers took a lead early, fell behind late and rallied to tie the game in the final seconds before a missed goal tending call on the Jazz mucked up the ending of a highly-competitive affair between two division rivals. oregonlive, "Officials admit missing goaltending call in Portland Trail Blazers’ loss to the Utah Jazz," 8 Feb. 2020 These signals were believed to originate in the naked endings of neurons that extend into the skin. Quanta Magazine, "Glial Brain Cells, Long in Neurons’ Shadow, Reveal Hidden Powers," 27 Jan. 2020 The ending of the show remains a mystery to this day. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Phil of the Future's Raviv Ullman Talks Pheely, Reunions, and That Cliffhanger Finale," 12 Nov. 2019 News of the ending of the series also comes after star Constance Wu voiced her displeasure on social media when the show was renewed for a sixth season earlier this year. Joe Otterson, chicagotribune.com, "‘Fresh Off the Boat’ to end after six seasons at ABC," 8 Nov. 2019 Also talked about their Border with Syria, the eradication of terrorism, the ending of hostilities with the Kurds, and many other topics. Stefan Becket, CBS News, "Trump will welcome Turkey's president to White House just weeks after Syria offensive," 6 Nov. 2019 Gilligan and Paul’s involvement has Breaking Bad fans giddy, including those who thought the ending of the AMC series was already perfect and question the need for more of that story. Adam Epstein, Quartzy, "Wait, movie conclusions of TV shows are good now," 25 Sep. 2019 The spotlight today was on the ending of the Cal-Mississippi game. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Saturday Night Five: Eating your own, three for the price of two, more officiating controversy — in the Pac-12, it’s called Saturday," 22 Sep. 2019 The spotlight today was on the ending of the Cal-Mississippi game. Jon Wilner, The Denver Post, "Pac-12 football rewind: Eating your own, three for the price of two, more officiating controversy — in Conference of Champions it’s called Saturday," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of ending

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ending was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ending. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce ending (audio)

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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