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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If her ensemble alone didn't bring the house down, her resounding ending of the National Anthem sure did. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gladys Knight Shines in a White Dress While Singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl," 3 Feb. 2019 But if its ending is bittersweet, Capote’s story underscores a basic fact of the holiday. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "An Ode to Holiday Companionship," 21 Dec. 2018 Blindspotting is thus laced with wordplay, at times spinning out into full-on freestyling, and this furnishes some of the most memorable moments in the film (including its ending). Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Blindspotting is the rare buddy comedy that tackles social issues. It works.," 19 July 2018 Each of the 5,987 pedestrians who died in 2016, according to federal data, had his or her own tragic ending. Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot," 28 June 2018 The theater collective known as Zombie Joe’s Underground plunges audiences into full-on worlds where scares keep your nerve endings and brain cells in a heightened state of awareness. Daryl H. Miller, latimes.com, "The 99-Seat Beat: Come in. Aleichem and Churchill are waiting," 15 June 2018 Its ending is, perhaps, the film’s most vexing move of all. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Ocean’s 8: The Agony and Ecstasy of All That Unresolved Sexual Tension," 8 June 2018 While some productions of the musical have implied a romance similar to the one in the movie, Sher won’t reveal what his ending will be. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "A New Broadway Revival of My Fair Lady Sees Eliza Fall In Love With Herself," 20 Apr. 2018 Is there some physiological adaptation that dulls their nerve endings? Alex Hutchinson, Outside Online, "Why It Matters How You Think About Pain," 10 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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