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end

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1 the stopping of a process or activity
  • got a drink at the end of practice
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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.
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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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name of the game

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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 project 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
  • How the explorers 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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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

end

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1 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point
  • Let's end the meeting in half an hour.
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ring down the curtain (on)

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2 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end
  • Her speech ended the ceremony.
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have done with, put the kibosh on

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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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bite the dust

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4 to stop living
  • a great general, who ended on the field of battle
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bite the dust, buy it (or buy the farm), give up the ghost, kick the bucket

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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


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