end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ How to pronounce ending (audio) \

Definition of ending

: something that constitutes an end: such as
a : conclusion a movie with a happy ending
b : one or more letters or syllables added to a word base especially in inflection

Examples of ending in a Sentence

I didn't like the book's ending. Common verb endings in English are “-s,” “-ed,” and “-ing.” You can often recognize an English adverb by its “-ly” ending.
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Recent Examples on the Web And as richly drawn as the movie is, the ending comes almost too quick. Jake Coyle, Detroit Free Press, 4 Dec. 2021 All the Way's heartwarming ending was always the plan. Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, 2 Dec. 2021 However, Biden seems unwilling to take any chances, especially after the Delta variant caused a surge in deaths earlier this year, prolonging a pandemic that Americans had believed was on the verge of ending. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Both the ending of the bond purchases and the start of interest rate hikes would be expected to raise borrowing costs for consumers and businesses as a way to slow the economy and fight inflationary pressures. Martin Crutsinger, ajc, 1 Dec. 2021 The most common ending to human delusions, both financial and religious, is heartbreak. Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express-News, 1 Dec. 2021 The idyllic scenery also represents the happy ending that Yadra’s lesbian daughter, Zelia, wants to imagine about what happened to her great aunt Nena, who chose to stay behind in Cuba to be with her married inamorata, Antonia. San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2021 At the same time, consumer prices rose 5% compared with the same period last year, the fastest 12-month gain since the same stretch ending in November 1990. Arkansas Online, 25 Nov. 2021 At the same time, consumer prices rose 5% compared with the same period last year, the fastest 12-month gain since the same stretch ending in November 1990. Martin Crutsinger, chicagotribune.com, 24 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of ending

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Ending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ending. Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for ending



English Language Learners Definition of ending

: the final part of something
: a letter or group of letters added to the end of a word : suffix


end·​ing | \ ˈen-diŋ \

Kids Definition of ending

: the final part : end

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