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 The land in northeast Mission Bay is available because the 76-acre De Anza Cove mobile home closed a few years ago after decades of litigation, and the 46-acre Campland on the Bay RV Park is nearing the end of its long-term lease. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Environmentalists win key battle over Mission Bay Park redevelopment, get $1.25M for marshland study," 18 Oct. 2020 One way to meet the imminent end of Freedom-of-Choice here is the way Little Rock did—to fragment the city into zones that may breed hostility and instability. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | EDITORIAL: Schools’ path to integration," 18 Oct. 2020 After circling the Wesley Bolin Plaza, the crowd marched along the north end of the capitol grounds and then sidewalks west of the building. Brieanna J. Frank, The Arizona Republic, "17 days before election, Women's March sweeps downtown Phoenix with pushes for change," 18 Oct. 2020 Mink farmers will receive considerable compensation, which has stoked public opposition at a time of economic hardship for many, but the decision has accelerated the end for mink farming in the country and saved millions of animal lives, said Swabe. Jack Guy, CNN, "Coronavirus could drive the last nail into the mink fur trade," 18 Oct. 2020 Houston’s lead grew to 12 points in the third quarter, BYU temporarily unable to sustain drives through the air or on the ground, while UH’s quarterback Clayton Tune had his way with the back end of BYU’s defense, ultimately throwing for 310 yards. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: At last, BYU gets legitimacy in victory," 17 Oct. 2020 His final two passes resulted in the lead-changing scores near the end. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "What a catch! Karr tops Curtis with clutch leaping grabs by Destyn Hill, Aaron Anderson," 17 Oct. 2020 At the Rolling Stones’ next gig, to celebrate the end of lockdown, will Keith and Ronnie skip around and do a little dance? Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "Aaron Sorkin Puts America on Trial," 17 Oct. 2020 But as the end of the race draws near and more people begin to vote, some political experts say the president is running out of time to make up his messaging gap. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Flush With Cash, Biden Eclipses Trump in War for the Airwaves," 17 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Voting will end at noon Oct. 31 with winners announced later that day. cleveland, "Seniors learn visiting healthcare centers can be safe: Olmsted Dates and Data," 19 Oct. 2020 God will and must end wickedness and establish the just. The Rev. Mike Taylor, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Taylor: We can act the part, look the part, but God sees the heart | RELIGION COMMENTARY," 17 Oct. 2020 The game would end with Lakota West taking a knee in the Lakota East red zone. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Lakota West stays unbeaten, winning neighborhood rivalry against Lakota East," 17 Oct. 2020 Why do so many Twin Cities mall names end in 'dale'? Star Tribune, "Timberwolves Talk podcast," 16 Oct. 2020 Biden would end this lower rate on investors, while also boosting the top rate to 39.6%. Ben Steverman, Bloomberg.com, "A Biden Win Would Transform How the Wealthy Invest Their Money," 16 Oct. 2020 The drought may end up being the main story of the winter. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Winter should be mostly mild with few blizzards, but much of US could see drought, forecasters say," 16 Oct. 2020 Motorists traveling from Frederick to Rockville during the peak morning commute could end up paying $2.26 per mile — or nearly $50 total — to use the toll lanes being planned for Interstate 270, according to regional traffic models. Washington Post, "Beltway, I-270 toll lanes could cost more than $1.50 and $2 per mile, study says," 16 Oct. 2020 Instead, their contributions end up with a super PAC, Law Enforcement for a Safer America, which has ties to a controversial union and spends the majority of its money on its own operating costs. Blake Ellis And Melanie Hicken, CNN, "Donations have surged to a 'scam' political group that claims to help police officers," 16 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Brown has received a request to host a virtual Wisdom Sharing Night at the monthly meeting of the Minnesota Death Collaborative, an organization of end-of-life professionals. Julie Kendrick Next Avenue, Star Tribune, "A day in the life of a Twin Cities end-of-life doula," 14 Oct. 2020 That’s despite the dramatic changes in ocean temperature and chemistry that accompanied the end-Permian mass extinction, which eliminated nearly all marine life. Raleigh Mcelvery, Science | AAAS, "Creepy sea spiders have evolved to be tough," 15 Sep. 2020 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

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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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21 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“End.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end. Accessed 25 Oct. 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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