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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Thankfully, Tabitha gets a somewhat happy ending — for now. Ariana Brockington, refinery29.com, "Who Those Sirens Could Be After In The Trinkets Season 1 Finale," 15 June 2019 Without you, our story could have had a tragic ending. BostonGlobe.com, "Tiffany Ortiz gives update on husband David Ortiz’s condition," 13 June 2019 And with Beccaria handling the look, feel, and styling, this is a love story that no doubt has a happy ending. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Lady Gabriella Windsor Wears a Luisa Beccaria Dress with a Touch of Blush to Her Royal Wedding," 18 May 2019 To be honest, the global kum-bay-a feels disjointed in First Man, just as a chest-thumping, flag-waving ending would have been. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "“First Man” Is a Film About Failure," 4 Oct. 2018 Barbara Lhota's new play Girl Found begins with the happy ending, then explores its dark origins and aftermath. Irene Hsiao, Chicago Reader, "Girl Found is still lost," 25 May 2018 That kind of happy ending, Hayes said, would require engineers to exhibit such clear control of the craft that NASA’s review board would reapprove its funding stream at a time when competition for funds among missions is more intense than ever. Jonathan M. Pitts, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins engineers helping NASA restore links to long-lost 'zombie' satellite," 24 May 2018 After all of the horrible things she's done throughout the seasons, some viewers were hoping for a more elaborate ending for one of TV's greatest villains. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Viewers Were Really Unhappy with Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5," 13 May 2019 New moons are times of endings and new beginnings and give us an idea what the coming lunar month will feel like. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign’s May Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019

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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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