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ends

verb
present tense third-person singular of end

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

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ends

noun
plural of end

Synonyms & Antonyms of ends (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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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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“Ends.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/ends. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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