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
ended; ending; ends

Definition of end (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to bring to an end
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 upended up as a colonel
2 : die

Definition of end (Entry 3 of 5)

: final, ultimate end results end markets
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 Russia annexed the peninsula of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has been in a decades-long dispute with Tokyo over ownership of a chain of islands in the Pacific that Moscow seized from Japan at the end of World War Two. NBC News, "'There will be dad and mum': Putin rules out Russia legalizing gay marriage," 14 Feb. 2020 But with Oscars season at an end, the path is clear for Portrait of a Lady on Fire to heat up the Valentine's Day box office. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ filmmaker Céline Sciamma on the female gaze and her ‘architecture of desires’," 13 Feb. 2020 Howard drove down the court and hit the three at the end to break Moten's record. Ben Steele, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Villanova 72, Marquette 71: Markus Howard sets Big East scoring record but frantic comeback falls just short," 12 Feb. 2020 At the opposite end of the severity spectrum from the 2009 pandemic was the 1918 Spanish flu. Helen Branswell, STAT, "Understanding pandemics: What they mean, don’t mean, and what comes next with the coronavirus," 12 Feb. 2020 This will be his biggest test yet against a red-hot offense and an All-Star goaltender at the other end. Joe Williams, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New York Rangers at Winnipeg Jets odds, picks and best bets," 11 Feb. 2020 At the end, students will have photographs to use in their portfolios. Dakota Kim, Sunset Magazine, "Treat Yourself to One of These Fabulous Floral Workshops," 10 Feb. 2020 During Q&A sessions at the end, employees sometimes asked what the money might be used for, according to one of the former employees, who attended. Rachael Levy, WSJ, "The Mormon Church Amassed $100 Billion. It Was the Best-Kept Secret in the Investment World.," 8 Feb. 2020 The initial price was at the low end of the expected range. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 7, 2020," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Utah drew to within eight (55-47) with 11:38 to go but an 8-1 Oregon run effectively ended any chance of a Utes comeback. oregonlive, "Payton Pritchard, Will Richardson power No. 17 Oregon Ducks in drubbing of Utah," 17 Feb. 2020 As Maryland did Saturday evening at Breslin Center, when the first-place Terrapins made four consecutive three-pointers in the last three minutes of the game to win, 67-60, stealing the game and ending MSU’s Big Ten title hopes. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball again missing the spark when it needs it most," 16 Feb. 2020 But investors counting on the ballast of bonds should take note: There is reason to believe this win-win might be ending. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "The Bond Market Might Finally Be Nearing Its Limit," 16 Feb. 2020 Hailey Heldenbrand, Corbyn Cormack, Kit Kat Zenick and Madelyn Clem combined to win the meet-opening 200 medley relay (1:42.55) and the quartet of Zenick, Riley Francis, Ashley Zettle and Kate Heintz captured the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay. Dallas News, "Southlake Carroll girls win second straight state swimming title behind dominant performances in relays, 1-meter diving," 16 Feb. 2020 In acknowledgment of those risks, Japan changed course this week and began evacuating some passengers before the quarantine period ended, beginning with people over 80 years old and with underlying health problems. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "U.S. to evacuate Americans from cruise ship, and put them in 14-days quarantine," 15 Feb. 2020 Once the courtship has ended, the two birds remain together for life. Fox News, "Photographer captures incredible image of two swans bowing their heads together to form a heart," 15 Feb. 2020 What if the streak does end and it’s clear a reboot is needed? Tom Orsborn, ExpressNews.com, "If playoff streak ends, Spurs could find themselves at crossroads," 15 Feb. 2020 The Islanders lost 5-0 at the Nashville Predators, snapping a two-game win streak, while the Golden Knights ended a two-game skid with a 6-5 OT home win vs. the St. Louis Blues. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New York Islanders at Vegas Golden Knights odds, picks and best bets," 15 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Several Democrats in the 2020 field prescribe a public option as either their end goal or, in the case of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as part of a longer-term process to get to a Medicare For All system. Ali Vitali, NBC News, "Michael Bloomberg releases first part of health care plan," 20 Dec. 2019 The Dodgers could very well end October with a World Series trophy. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, "World Series Power Rankings: Which Division Leader Should Be the Title Favorite?," 3 Sep. 2019 Clemency reform wouldn’t totally end long prison sentences written into law, including mandatory minimums for drug offenses. German Lopez, Vox, "Cory Booker has a plan to reform the criminal justice system — without Congress," 20 June 2019 And their end goal is … the destruction of America as a whole. CBS News, "Blaze Bernstein murder: Was an Ivy League student slain in the name of hate?," 20 July 2019 This gives the group even more control over the eye-care process, from manufacturing to contact with end customers. Andrea Felsted, Fortune, "Ray-Ban Owner Clinches GrandVision Deal," 31 July 2019 Among the initiatives that take effect first: — Medicare payment changes that would provide a financial incentive for doctors and clinics to help kidney patients stave off end-stage disease by about six months. Washington Post, "Trump directs government to revamp care for kidney disease," 10 July 2019 Among the initiatives that take effect first: Medicare payment changes that would provide a financial incentive for doctors and clinics to help kidney patients stave off end-stage disease by about six months. NBC News, "Trump to order overhaul of kidney disease program," 10 July 2019 Three times a week, hundreds of thousands of Americans with end-stage kidney disease trudge to dialysis centers to get the treatment that keeps them alive. Bloomberg News, oregonlive.com, "Less dialysis, more kidney transplants: Trump overhauls chronic care system," 10 July 2019

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

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Cite this Entry

“End.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for end

end

noun
How to pronounce end- (audio)

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
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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