end

noun
\ ˈend How to pronounce end (audio) \

Definition of end

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : the part of an area that lies at the boundary
b(1) : a point that marks the extent of something
(2) : the point where something ceases to exist world without end
c : the extreme or last part lengthwise : tip
d : the terminal unit of something spatial that is marked off by units
e : a player stationed at the extremity of a line or team (as in football)
2a : cessation of a course of action, pursuit, or activity
c(1) : the ultimate state
(2) : result, issue
3 : something incomplete, fragmentary, or undersized : remnant
4a : an outcome worked toward : purpose the end of poetry is to be poetry— R. P. Warren
b : the object by virtue of or for the sake of which an event takes place
5a : a share in an undertaking kept your end up
b : a particular operation or aspect of an undertaking or organization the sales end of the business
6 : something that is extreme : ultimate used with the
7 : a period of action or turn in any of various sports events (such as archery or lawn bowling)
in the end
: after all, ultimately will surely succeed in the end
no end
: exceedingly it pleases us no end
on end
: without a stop or letup it rained for days on end

end

verb (1)
ended; ending; ends

Definition of end (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

1a : to bring to an end
b : destroy
2 : to make up the end of a wedding scene ends the film

intransitive verb

1a : to come to an end the meeting will end at noon
b : to reach a specified ultimate rank, situation, or place usually used with up ended up as a colonel
2 : die

end

adjective

Definition of end (Entry 3 of 5)

: final, ultimate end results end markets

end

verb (2)
ended; ending; ends

Definition of end (Entry 4 of 5)

transitive verb

dialectal, England
: to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack
variants: or endo-

Definition of end- (Entry 5 of 5)

1 : within : inside endoskeleton — compare ect-, exo-
2 : taking in endothermic

Other Words from end

Noun

ended \ ˈen-​dəd How to pronounce end- (audio) \ adjective

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Noun

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

Verb (1)

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

Examples of end in a Sentence

Noun The report is due at the end of the month. She interviewed several players at the end of the game. The restaurant is in the north end of the city. We biked from one end of the island to the other. The house is at the end of the road. They live at opposite ends of town. the deep end of a swimming pool She drove the end of the stake into the ground. The car's front end was damaged. One end of the rope was tangled. Adjective the end product of a process the end point of the operation
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to the competition, Louisville is focused internally – on its effort and execution at the defensive end and, perhaps most critically, its inconsistency. Brett Dawson, The Courier-Journal, 25 Nov. 2021 The back end of the defense is led by Devin White, Doxtader, Feil and Andrew Towning. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 25 Nov. 2021 The Colts play lots of zone coverage built on tackling underneath, so a higher completion rate is not the end of the world. Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Nov. 2021 Texas also announced defensive end Jacoby Jones will return after missing the last five games with a foot injury. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 24 Nov. 2021 Katie is still very close to her mother, Carol Wendelson (Andrea Martin), and before the end of the first episode, Carol has managed to get a job as an intern at The Breakdown. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 24 Nov. 2021 Meanwhile, federal pandemic unemployment benefits expired on September 6, marking the end of innovative programs that had extended jobless aid to gig workers, part-time workers and others that typically don't qualify for unemployment benefits. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2021 Defensive end Richard Seymour is a semifinalist for the fifth straight season. Andrew Mahoney, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Along with Beesley, other players leaving MSU after six seasons are center Matt Allen, left tackle AJ Arcuri, offensive lineman Luke Campbell, defensive end Jacub Panasiuk and kicker Matt Coghlin. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 24 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In other words, in the wrong conditions weatherization can end up doing more harm than good. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 26 Nov. 2021 Gregg Berhalter hopes will end at the next World Cup in Qatar. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 25 Nov. 2021 If the losing continues, the Spurs will end up with another lottery pick, which is probably the best outcome for a retooling team. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Nov. 2021 It’s not uncommon for people with mental illness to end up in the criminal justice system. Mallory Moench, San Francisco Chronicle, 24 Nov. 2021 Starting Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens will end the regular season with seven games against teams that currently have winning records. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Foster parents end up adopting the animals more than half the time, according to the animal shelter — and that's exactly what the Parsons did. Ben Tracy, CBS News, 24 Nov. 2021 And those lawmakers could end up being decisive votes in a speaker's race, depending on their party's margins if the GOP flips the House. Melanie Zanona, CNN, 24 Nov. 2021 Afterward, those takeout containers end up in the trash. Cinnnamon Janzer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 24 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective When his parents find out, George's father comes up with a scheme to raise giant animals to get rich and end world hunger. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Dec. 2020 The new facility will replace Gilchrist’s inpatient hospice center on Eutaw Street downtown, which has provided end-of-life care for city residents for over 30 years. Angela Roberts, baltimoresun.com, 10 Nov. 2020 Brown has received a request to host a virtual Wisdom Sharing Night at the monthly meeting of the Minnesota Death Collaborative, an organization of end-of-life professionals. Julie Kendrick Next Avenue, Star Tribune, 14 Oct. 2020 That’s despite the dramatic changes in ocean temperature and chemistry that accompanied the end-Permian mass extinction, which eliminated nearly all marine life. Raleigh Mcelvery, Science | AAAS, 15 Sep. 2020 Several Democrats in the 2020 field prescribe a public option as either their end goal or, in the case of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, as part of a longer-term process to get to a Medicare For All system. Ali Vitali, NBC News, 20 Dec. 2019 The Dodgers could very well end October with a World Series trophy. Michael Shapiro, SI.com, 3 Sep. 2019 Clemency reform wouldn’t totally end long prison sentences written into law, including mandatory minimums for drug offenses. German Lopez, Vox, 20 June 2019 And their end goal is … the destruction of America as a whole. CBS News, 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of end

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for end

Noun

Middle English ende, from Old English; akin to Old High German enti end, Latin ante before, Greek anti against

Verb (2)

probably alteration of English dialect in to harvest

Combining form

French, from Greek, from endon within; akin to Greek en in, Old Latin indu, Hittite andan within — more at in

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

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“End.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/end. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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end

noun

English Language Learners Definition of end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a point that marks the limit of something : the point at which something no longer continues to happen or exist
: the last part of a story, movie, song, etc.
: the part at the edge or limit of an area

end

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of end (Entry 3 of 2)

end

noun
\ ˈend How to pronounce end (audio) \

Kids Definition of end

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the part near the boundary of an area I live in the city's north end.
2 : the point where something stops or ceases to exist That's the end of the story.
3 : the first or last part of a thing She knotted the end of the rope.
4 : death sense 1, destruction "You'll meet the same sticky end as your parents one of these days, Harry Potter …"— J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
5 : purpose, goal
6 : a player in football positioned at the end of the line of scrimmage
7 : a part of an undertaking He kept his end of the agreement.

end

verb
ended; ending

Kids Definition of end (Entry 2 of 2)

: to bring or come to an end : stop, finish I wish vacation would never end. He ended the discussion.
end up
: to reach or come to a place, condition, or situation unexpectedly "… unless you make a deal with his dad, you're going to end up with nothing …"— Andrew Clements, Frindle

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