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end

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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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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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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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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

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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 27 May. 2020.

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