end

noun
\ ˈend How to pronounce end (audio) \

Definition of end

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : the part of an area that lies at the boundary
b(1) : a point that marks the extent of something
(2) : the point where something ceases to exist world without end
c : the extreme or last part lengthwise : tip
d : the terminal unit of something spatial that is marked off by units
e : a player stationed at the extremity of a line or team (as in football)
2a : cessation of a course of action, pursuit, or activity
c(1) : the ultimate state
(2) : result, issue
3 : something incomplete, fragmentary, or undersized : remnant
4a : an outcome worked toward : purpose the end of poetry is to be poetry— R. P. Warren
b : the object by virtue of or for the sake of which an event takes place
5a : a share in an undertaking kept your end up
b : a particular operation or aspect of an undertaking or organization the sales end of the business
6 : something that is extreme : ultimate used with the
7 : a period of action or turn in any of various sports events (such as archery or lawn bowling)
in the end
: after all, ultimately will surely succeed in the end
no end
: exceedingly it pleases us no end
on end
: without a stop or letup it rained for days on end

end

verb (1)
ended; ending; ends

Definition of end (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to bring to an end
b : destroy
2 : to make up the end of a wedding scene ends the film

intransitive verb

1a : to come to an end the meeting will end at noon
b : to reach a specified ultimate rank, situation, or place usually used with up ended up as a colonel
2 : die

end

adjective

Definition of end (Entry 3 of 5)

: final, ultimate end results end markets

end

verb (2)
ended; ending; ends

Definition of end (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

dialectal, England
: to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack
variants: or endo-

Definition of end- (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : within : inside endoskeleton — compare ect-, exo-
2 : taking in endothermic

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Other Words from end

Noun

ended \ ˈen-​dəd How to pronounce ended (audio) \ adjective

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Noun

intention, intent, purpose, design, aim, end, object, objective, goal mean what one intends to accomplish or attain. intention implies little more than what one has in mind to do or bring about. announced his intention to marry intent suggests clearer formulation or greater deliberateness. the clear intent of the statute purpose suggests a more settled determination. being successful was her purpose in life design implies a more carefully calculated plan. the order of events came by accident, not design aim adds to these implications of effort directed toward attaining or accomplishing. her aim was to raise film to an art form end stresses the intended effect of action often in distinction or contrast to the action or means as such. willing to use any means to achieve his end object may equal end but more often applies to a more individually determined wish or need. his constant object was the achievement of pleasure objective implies something tangible and immediately attainable. their objective is to seize the oil fields goal suggests something attained only by prolonged effort and hardship. worked years to reach her goals

Verb (1)

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

Examples of end in a Sentence

Noun

The report is due at the end of the month. She interviewed several players at the end of the game. The restaurant is in the north end of the city. We biked from one end of the island to the other. The house is at the end of the road. They live at opposite ends of town. the deep end of a swimming pool She drove the end of the stake into the ground. The car's front end was damaged. One end of the rope was tangled.

Adjective

the end product of a process the end point of the operation
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There are certain albums that are complete, like a novel, from beginning to end. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Santana Talks New Album Africa Speaks, 20th Anniversary of 'Smooth' and Return to Woodstock," 7 June 2019 View Sample Sign Up Now Boettcher, a librarian at the University of Chicago, brought Holzhauer’s 32-game-long winning streak to an end right as he was set to top the $2.52 million held by Ken Jennings during his historic 2004 stint on the show. Mahita Gajanan, Time, "Emma Boettcher's Jeopardy! Run Ends 3 Games After She Bested James Holzhauer," 7 June 2019 Ramón Laureano’s career-high hitting streak came to an end after 16 games. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "A’s score a bunch but pitching, defense falter in 10-9 loss at Anaheim," 6 June 2019 There were 10 teams competing in the spring basketball league and the top eight clubs made it to the end of season playoffs. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Team Green repeats as Tamarac Men’s hoops champions," 5 June 2019 But his incredible run came to an end on the June 3 episode. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Jeopardy! Tracker: James Holzhauer's final stats, cash totals after 32-game win streak," 4 June 2019 On tonight’s episode of Jeopardy, James Holzhauer’s winning streak finally came to an end. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "How James Holzhauer Finally Lost," 3 June 2019 Although the competition has come to an end, XPRIZE also announced a continuing partnership with the SeaBed 2030 Project, which is aiming to produce a publicly available map of the entire seafloor by 2030. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "XPRIZE selects winners of autonomous seafloor-mapping competition," 1 June 2019 Everyone between him and the big man is simply a means to an end. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Black Mirror Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: "Smithereens"," 31 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mexico’s minimal effort will end up having had minimal long-term impact, and the administration will go silent on asylum-seekers continuing to show up at the border 4. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: “Taste” marijuana at home; Squatters, not residents, evicted; An unproductive cycle on tariffs (6/7/19)," 7 June 2019 That's the last time Cumming spoke with Silvani, who ended up leaving Michigan and moving to California. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "She was killed 37 years ago — and her friends just found out: 'She was my bridesmaid'," 7 June 2019 Indeed, the 29-year-old's place in Los Blancos starting XI is likely to be compromised next season following the €50m arrival of Eder Militao from Porto, while Jesus Vallejo could also end up staying at the Santiago Bernabeu. SI.com, "Inter Enquire About Real Madrid Defender Nacho as Antonio Conte Seeks New Signings," 7 June 2019 The man had driven through the drive-through at Burger King, then over parking stanchions, and ended up on the entry drive to the auto repair shop. cleveland.com, "Wife initially refuses to pick up intoxicated husband at police station: Fairview Park Police Blotter," 7 June 2019 The logic goes thusly: stop Huawei being able to use Google’s version of Android, and Huawei will end up developing its own version of Android, which will be more easily hackable by the Chinese government among others. Alan Murray, Fortune, "A Jobs Report for Recession-Watchers: CEO Daily," 7 June 2019 The swing-stage scaffold malfunctioned or broke, ending up vertical rather than horizontal. Liam Ford, chicagotribune.com, "2 workers rescued after high-rise scaffold breaks on Far North Side," 7 June 2019 Most of the state’s recycling ends up being made into other products, officials say, though the exact amount is impossible to track. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How a decision by the Chinese government reverberates into your Anchorage recycling bin," 6 June 2019 Because there are no resident-to-staff requirements by Medicare, Muthara wrote, some facilities end up being understaffed. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "6 Kentucky nursing homes were cited for 'poor care.' Here's how to know if yours is safe," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

During all her struggles with end-stage kidney disease, Perry has managed to capture glimmers of hope. Deanese Williams-harris, chicagotribune.com, "People are using social media to improve their odds of finding organ donors: 'Doing it can save my life'," 6 July 2018 Ealy, who has a played with the Carolina Panthers, New England Panthers and New York Jets since he was picked in the second round out of Missouri in 2014, can play both end spots and provide some reps inside, according to a source. Clarence E. Hill Jr., star-telegram, "Cowboys add sixth bargain free agent, agree to 1-year deal with DE Kony Ealy | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 5 Apr. 2018 Inspiring creativity, innovation, problem solving, and teamwork in our students are end goals of our Makerspace areas throughout the District. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "SouthPark Mall offers free retail space to local entrepreneurs: Strong Points," 23 Feb. 2018 After choosing the perfect name, D'Agostino's next step was determining whether her end goal was a storefront, or simply a pop-up/custom order kind of shop. Julia Sayers, AL.com, "Meet the woman behind downtown Birmingham's most heavenly chocolates," 15 Dec. 2017 The source said that talks are advanced enough that something could be completed before the Winter Meetings end Thursday at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. Zach Buchanan, Cincinnati.com, "Giants, Reds seriously discussing Billy Hamilton swap," 12 Dec. 2017 Friends End-of-Summer Warehouse Sale, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Friends of the Public Library Warehouse, 8456 Vine St., Hartwell. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week: Aug. 15-20," 15 Aug. 2017 About 15 minutes later, deputies say Simon’s car was captured on surveillance video driving to a dead end street near where East’s body was found. David Harris, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Woman shot to death over drug debt, dumped in woods in Orange County, deputies say," 7 Aug. 2017 Some South End residents in Hartford are being evacuated because of a gas leak, a fire official said. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, "Gas Leak Forces Evacuation In South End Of Hartford, Fire Official Says," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of end

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for end

Noun

Middle English ende, from Old English; akin to Old High German enti end, Latin ante before, Greek anti against

Verb (2)

probably alteration of English dialect in to harvest

Combining form

French, from Greek, from endon within; akin to Greek en in, Old Latin indu, Hittite andan within — more at in

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end

noun

English Language Learners Definition of end

: a point that marks the limit of something : the point at which something no longer continues to happen or exist
: the last part of a story, movie, song, etc.
: the part at the edge or limit of an area

end

noun
\ ˈend How to pronounce end (audio) \

Kids Definition of end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part near the boundary of an area I live in the city's north end.
2 : the point where something stops or ceases to exist That's the end of the story.
3 : the first or last part of a thing She knotted the end of the rope.
4 : death sense 1, destruction “You'll meet the same sticky end as your parents one of these days, Harry Potter …”— J. K. Rowling, Chamber of Secrets
5 : purpose, goal
6 : a player in football positioned at the end of the line of scrimmage
7 : a part of an undertaking He kept his end of the agreement.

end

verb
ended; ending

Kids Definition of end (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring or come to an end : stop, finish I wish vacation would never end. He ended the discussion.
end up
: to reach or come to a place, condition, or situation unexpectedly “… unless you make a deal with his dad, you're going to end up with nothing …”— Andrew Clements, Frindle

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