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 Federal mediators and conciliation services also joined the negotiations at the end stages. Julian Cardillo, Pro Soccer USA, "MLS Players Association lays out key issues ahead of negotiations for new CBA," 8 Nov. 2019 The Beaver Bus is a shuttle that constantly goes around driving students from one end of campus to the other. Mikayla Pivec | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Mikayla Pivec’s Oregon State women’s basketball diary: Giving off the court, getting ready on the court for the 2019-20 season," 7 Nov. 2019 By the fall of 1943, the war seemed without end and a triumph for the Allies elusive and far-off. Kiley Bense, Longreads, "Whose Boots on the Ground," 7 Nov. 2019 Defensive end Colby Wooden and tight end Luke Deal have each appeared in two games, with both coming — again — in lopsided wins, while linebacker O.C. Brothers has seen the field just once this season, against Kent State. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn ‘pretty much locked in’ with which freshmen will redshirt this season," 7 Nov. 2019 The eyes aren’t tracking well enough, the limbs aren’t firing quickly enough, and by night’s end, Canadien loyalists are toasting to your misfortune in the bars near the Bell Centre. BostonGlobe.com, "Across the league, teams have allowed five or more goals about 20 percent of the time. In Boston, 6 percent. Once in 15 games. That was Tuesday, when Rask spit the bit in Montreal.," 7 Nov. 2019 Yet the duplicity and paranoia of the Soviet government haunted the ARA’s operation to the very end. The Economist, "A century ago America saved millions of Russians from starvation," 7 Nov. 2019 Last month Community Health Choice, a regional insurer, and Kelsey-Seybold announced the end to their long-standing contract, potentially affecting several thousand patients. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Kelsey-Seybold to rejoin Blue Cross Blue Shield network," 6 Nov. 2019 This vegan pumpkin cheesecake (yes, cheesecake!) from Loving It Vegan checks all the boxes for a yummy end to the holiday. Christina Oehler, Health.com, "7 Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes That Will Make You Completely Forget About Turkey," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The horn of a white rhino sells for roughly $3,000 a pound, but the value can end up being five to ten times that amount on Asian black markets, according to National Geographic. Fox News, "Innovative fake rhino horn may curb poachers' market, scientists say," 9 Nov. 2019 Yeah Yeahs that emerged in New York ended up owing a debt to Bush Tetras. John Adamian, courant.com, "Punk-funk band Bush Tetras playing Cafe Nine," 8 Nov. 2019 Updates trickled out after that, then the official count ended up showing Morales with 47.08% of the votes, compared to Mesa’s 36.51% — just over the 10-point edge required for victory. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Why is Evo Morales facing protests in Bolivia?," 8 Nov. 2019 But because most of the resumes came from men, the algorithm ended up favoring male applicants. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "An experiment to find teachers who perform better and stay longer shows promising results," 7 Nov. 2019 Sullivan might just end up being a big wideout for somebody. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "The 25 potential 2020 NFL draft picks in Alabama-LSU," 7 Nov. 2019 So there's a chance Martinelli could end up being a better Arsenal player than Chamakh? SI.com, "Vitoria vs Arsenal: 5 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Europa League Clash," 6 Nov. 2019 Robertson said option 5 would keep many Hassler Elementary students at the school, but would end up making some other schools further over capacity compared to other zoning options. Chevall Pryce, Houston Chronicle, "Klein ISD presents more options for elementary school rezoning," 6 Nov. 2019 Veterans Memorial lost by three points to Amarillo, which ended up winning the 5A state championship. David Hinojosa, ExpressNews.com, "Girls basketball preview: Veterans Memorial looking to make more strides," 6 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 The boy, who had already had one lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis, was now in end-stage respiratory failure. Melissa Bailey, USA TODAY, "Miracle medical machine ECMO makes heroic rescues, but leaves patients in limbo," 17 June 2019 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

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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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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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