end meaning

[ end ] Pronunciation:   "end" in a sentence
  • Noun: end  end
    1. Either extremity of something that has length
      "the end of the pier"; "she knotted the end of the thread"; "they rode to the end of the line"
    Verb: end  end
    1. Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
      "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
      - stop, finish, terminate, cease 
    2. Bring to an end or halt
      "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"
      - terminate 
    3. Be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
      "This sad scene ended the movie"
      - terminate 
    4. Put an end to
      "The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived"

    Derived forms: ends, ended, ending

    See also: ending

    Type of: alter, be, bound, boundary, bounds, change, cognitive content, conclusion, content, contribution, destroy, destruct, division, ending, extremity, finish, lineman, mental object, modify, part, piece of cloth, piece of material, place, point, point in time, section, share, spifflicate, spiflicate, spot, state, subdivision, surface, topographic point

    Antonym: begin, beginning, middle

    Part of: address, eleven, football team, narration, plan of action, recital, speech, yarn

    Encyclopedia: End

  • [American slang]
    n. the final insult; too much; the last straw.
    • This is just the end. I'm leaving.
    • When she poured her drink down my back, that was the end.

  • [Business]
    noun, verb



    1 [sing.]

    the final part of a period of time, an event or an activity:

    They plan to cut 2 500 jobs by the end of the year.

    There will be a chance to ask questions at the end.

    an end-of-season sale

    2 [C]

    a point or level that is the highest or lowest in a particular range:

    These two products are from opposite ends of the price range.

    We are aiming at the premium (= very expensive) end of the market.

    The company announced profits at the lower end of analysts' expectations.

    the bottom/high/low/top/upper end

    ◆ the budget/cheap/expensive/premium end

    3 [sing.]

    a situation in which sth does not exist any more:

    Her contract comes to an end (= finishes) in June.

    The two sides finally reached a deal, bringing the ten-day strike to an end.

    4 [C, usually sing.]

    a part of an activity with which sb is concerned, especially in business:

    We need somebody to handle the marketing end of the business.

    I have kept my end of the bargain.

    Are there any problems at your end?

    5 [C, usually sing.]

    either of two places connected by a telephone call, journey, etc:

    I answered the phone but there was no one at the other end.


    make (both) ends meet

    to earn just enough money to be able to buy the things you need, pay what you owe, etc:

    Many small businesses are struggling to make ends meet.

    DEEP adjective, SHARP

    verb [+ obj or no obj]

    to finish; to make sth finish:

    The meeting ended on a positive note.

    They reported a €16 million loss for the year ending 31 August.

    Train drivers have ended their two-week-old strike.

    The CAC 40 index ended 1.6% higher at 2 785 (= at the end of the day's trading).


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  1. there is a shop at the end of this lane.
  2. cheer up. it'll all come right in the end.
  3. double-dealers will come to no good end.
  4. in the end she will understand his feelings.
  5. he took lodgings in the east end of london.

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