Thesaurus

end

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of end

  1. 1 the stopping of a process or activity the end of hostilities brought general rejoicing Synonyms of end arrest, arrestment, cease, cessation, check, close, closedown, closure, conclusion, cutoff, discontinuance, discontinuation, ending, expiration, finish, halt, lapse, offset, shutdown, shutoff, stay, stop, stoppage, surcease, termination Words Related to end mop-up, phaseout; abeyance, break, interruption, layoff, letup, moratorium, pause, standstill, suspension Near Antonyms of end extension, persistence, prolongation Antonyms of end continuance, continuation

  2. 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 Synonyms of end bound, boundary, cap, ceiling, confines, limit, extent, limitation, line, terminationWords Related to end extremity, fag end, terminus; border, brim, edge, margin, rim, verge; outside; bar, barrier, fence, hedge, restraint, stop, wall

  3. 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 Synonyms of end scrap, fag end, leftover, oddment, remainder, remnant, stubWords Related to end leavings, odds and ends, pickings, refuse, remains, residual, residue, scraping(s), stump, vestige; balance, rest; chip, flake, fragment, piece, sliver, splinter; ribbon(s), shred, tatterNear Antonyms of end whole

  4. 4 something that one hopes or intends to accomplish in this case the ends definitely do not justify the means Synonyms of end aim, ambition, aspiration, bourne (also bourn), design, dream, goal, idea, ideal, intent, intention, mark, meaning, object, objective, plan, point, pretension, purpose, target, thingWords Related to end grail, holy grail; plot, project, scheme; desire, hope, mind, wish; nirvana; destination, terminusNear Antonyms of end means, method, way

  5. 5 the last and usually sharp or tapering part of something long and narrow a child's pair of scissors with blunt ends Synonyms of end apex, cusp, point, nib, nose, pike, tipWords Related to end pinpoint; prong, tine; barb, jag, prickle, snag, spike, sticker

  6. 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 Synonyms of end capper, close, closing, conclusion, consummation, finale, endgame, ending, finis, finish, grand finale, home stretch, mop-up, windup, wrap-upWords Related to end acme, apex, capstone, climax, copestone, coup de grâce (or coup de grace), crescendo, crown, culmination, high-water mark, meridian, peak, pinnacle, summit, tip-top, top, zenith; aftermath, anticlimax, coda, epilogue (also epilog), postscript; shank, tag end, tail endNear Antonyms of end foreword, introduction, overture, preamble, preface, prelude, prologue (also prolog)Antonyms of end baseline, beginning, dawn, day one, nascence, nascency, opening, start

  7. 7 the line or relatively narrow space that marks the outer limit of something the ends of his shirt cuffs were badly frayed Synonyms of end borderline, bound, boundary, brim, circumference, compass, confines, edge, edging, border, frame, fringe, hem, margin, perimeter, periphery, rim, skirt, skirting, vergeWords Related to end ambit; brink, crest, curb, cusp, lip; ceiling, maximum; demarcation, extent, limitation, measure, mere, restriction, termination; borderland, frontier, march, outskirts, pale, selvage; lap; shoreNear Antonyms of end center, core, heart; inner, inside, interior, middle, within

  8. 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 Synonyms of end curtains, decease, demise, dissolution, doom, death, exit, expiration, expiry, fate, grave, great divide, passage, passing, quietus, sleepWords Related to end casualty, fatality; martyrdom, self-destruction, self-murder, self-slaughter, suicide; annihilation, destruction, ending, extermination, ruin; assassination, execution, killing, massacre, slaughterNear Antonyms of end existence, life; creation, genesis, origination, riseAntonyms of end birth, nativity

  9. 9 something belonging to, due to, or contributed by an individual member of a group keep up your end of the bargain Synonyms of end allotment, allowance, cut, share, part, piece, portion, proportion, quota, slice, takeWords Related to end lot, ration; commission, percentage; member, partition, section, segmentNear Antonyms of end aggregate, composite, compound, pool, sum, total, totality; whole

Synonym Discussion of end

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

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of end

  1. 1 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point let's end the meeting with a short prayer Synonyms of end close out, complete, conclude, close, finish, round (off or out), terminate, wind up, wrap upWords Related to end climax, crown; consummate, perfect; halt, stop, suspendAntonyms of end begin, commence, inaugurate, open, start

  2. 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 Synonyms of end break, break off, break up, can [slang], cease, cut off, cut out, desist (from), discontinue, drop, stop, give over, halt, knock off, lay off, leave off, pack (up or in), quit, shut offWords Related to end complete, conclude, finish; close (down); deactivate; block, blockade, dam, delay, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, kibosh, obstruct, stem; call, suspend; arrest, brake, check, clamp down, rein (in), squash, squelch, stamp, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn back; pause, stay, suspend; abolish, abort, annul, demolish, destroy, dissolve, kill, ruin, scuttle, snuffNear Antonyms of end carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep up, run on; advance, proceed, progress; actuate, drive, impel, propel, stir

  3. 3 to come to an end a book so good that you hate to see it end Synonyms of end break off, break up, close, conclude, dead-end, determine, die, discontinue, elapse, cease, expire, finish, go, halt, lapse, leave off, let up, pass, quit, stop, terminate, wind up, wink (out)Words Related to end desist (from), lay off (of), refrain (from); give over [British], knock off, pack (up or in); break down, conk (out), cut out, stall; pause, stay, suspend; abate, peter (out), wind downNear Antonyms of end draw out, extend, prolong, protractAntonyms of end continue, hang on, persist

  4. 4 to stop living a great general, who ended on the field of battle Synonyms of end check out, conk (out), croak [slang], decease, demise, depart, drop, die, exit, expire, fall, flatline, go, kick in [slang], kick off [slang], pass (on), pass away, part, peg out [chiefly British], perish, pop off, step out, succumbWords Related to end predecease; consume, disappear, dry up, fade, failNear Antonyms of end come to, revive; linger; be, exist, subsist; flourish, prosper, thriveAntonyms of end breathe, live

Synonym Discussion of end

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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