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end

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point
  • let's end the meeting with a short prayer

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2 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end
  • unfortunately, an argument ended their date, and they're still not speaking to each other

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3 to come to an end
  • a book so good that you hate to see it end

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4 to stop living
  • a great general, who ended on the field of battle

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end

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Synonyms & Antonyms of end (Entry 2 of 2)

1 the stopping of a process or activity
  • the end of hostilities brought general rejoicing

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2 a real or imaginary point beyond which a person or thing cannot go
  • I'm at the end of my patience with these little brats

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3 an unused or unwanted piece or item typically of small size or value
  • a couple of ends of wallpaper were all that was left after we finished papering the room

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4 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish
  • in this case the ends definitely do not justify the means

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5 the last and usually sharp or tapering part of something long and narrow
  • a child's pair of scissors with blunt ends

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6 the last part of a process or action
  • the war wasn't yet over, but we were definitely at the beginning of the end

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7 the line or relatively narrow space that marks the outer limit of something
  • the ends of his shirt cuffs were badly frayed

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8 the permanent stopping of all the vital bodily activities
  • Henry Hudson and eight others were set adrift in the bay in a small boat, and how they met their end is unknown

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9 something belonging to, due to, or contributed by an individual member of a group
  • keep up your end of the bargain

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Frequently Asked Questions About end

How does the verb end differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of end are close, complete, conclude, finish, and terminate. While all these words mean "to bring or come to a stopping point or limit," end conveys a strong sense of finality.

ended his life

When might close be a better fit than end?

In some situations, the words close and end are roughly equivalent. However, close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished.

close a debate

When could complete be used to replace end?

While the synonyms complete and end are close in meaning, 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

When can conclude be used instead of end?

The synonyms conclude and end are sometimes interchangeable, but conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting).

the service concluded with a blessing

In what contexts can finish take the place of end?

While in some cases nearly identical to end, finish may stress completion of a final step in a process.

after it is painted, the house will be finished

When is terminate a more appropriate choice than end?

The meanings of terminate and end largely overlap; however, terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space.

your employment terminates after three months

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

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“End.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/end. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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