WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
end1 /ɛnd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. the last part;
    extremity:the two ends of a rope; the west end of town.
  2. a point that indicates the full extent of something;
    limit:walked from end to end of the city.
  3. the concluding part;
    conclusion;
    last point:We are finally at the end of winter.
  4. an intention or aim:using evil means to achieve their ends.
  5. an outcome;
    a result:What will be the end of all this arguing?
  6. death, destruction, or ruin:This means the end of our hopes.
  7. a piece or part left over;
    remnant:threw the end of his cigarette over the side.
  8. a share or part:She takes care of the business end, and I take care of the public relations.

v. 
  1. to (cause to) come to an end;
    conclude;
    terminate: [no object]The concert ended and the crowd went home. The book ends on page 364.[+ object]The chairman ended the meeting at ten o'clock.
  2. to form the end of:[+ object]Those remarks ended her speech.
  3. to cause the death or destruction of:[+ object]The fire ended their lives.
  4. to surpass or go beyond:[noun + to + ~ + all]a storm to end all storms.
  5. end in, [+ in + object] to result:The battle ended in a victory.
  6. end up, [no object] to reach a final state or condition:I ended up tired, hungry, and broke.[+ up + verb-ing]We ended up parking many blocks away.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. final or ultimate:The end result is the same.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsat the end of one's rope or tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.
  2. Idiomsend to end, in a row with ends touching:to line up the playing cards end to end.
  3. Idiomsgo off the deep end: 
    • to lose emotional control;
      behave irrationally.
  4. Idiomsin the end, finally;
    after all:We kept coming back to that car and in the end we bought it.
  5. Idiomskeep or hold one's end up, [no obj] to perform one's part or share adequately:If you can hold your end up we'll finish on time.
  6. Idiomsmake (both) ends meet, to manage to live on one's income:trying to make both ends meet with two jobs.
  7. Idiomsno end, very much or many:We were pleased no end by the enthusiastic response.
  8. Idiomson end: 
    • with one end down;
      upright:to stand a box on end.
    • continuously:to talk for hours on end.
  9. Idiomsput an end to, [+ object] to terminate;
    finish:Let's put an end to this constant arguing.


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
end1  (end),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the last part or extremity, lengthwise, of anything that is longer than it is wide or broad:the end of a street; the end of a rope.
  2. a point, line, or limitation that indicates the full extent, degree, etc., of something;
    limit;
    bounds:kindness without end; to walk from end to end of a city.
  3. a part or place at or adjacent to an extremity:at the end of the table; the west end of town.
  4. the furthermost imaginable place or point:an island at the very end of the world.
  5. termination;
    conclusion:The journey was coming to an end.
  6. the concluding part:The end of her speech had to be cut short because of time.
  7. an intention or aim:to gain one's ends.
  8. the object for which a thing exists;
    purpose:The happiness of the people is the end of government.
  9. an outcome or result:What is to be the end of all this bickering?
  10. termination of existence;
    death:He met a horrible end.
  11. a cause of death, destruction, or ruin:Another war would be the end of civilization.
  12. a remnant or fragment:mill end; ends and trimmings.
  13. a share or part in something:He does his end of the job very well.
  14. Textilesa warp thread running vertically and interlaced with the filling yarn in the woven fabric.
  15. Sport[Football.]
    • either of the linemen stationed farthest from the center.
    • the position played by this lineman.
  16. Sport[Archery.]the number of arrows to be shot by a competitor during one turn in a match.
  17. Sport[Cricket.]a wicket, esp. the one where the batsman is taking a turn.
  18. Sporta unit of a game, as in curling or lawn bowling.
  19. Philosophy[Kantianism.]any rational being, regarded as worthy to exist for its own sake.
  20. Gameseither half of a domino.
  21. [Knots.]the part of a rope, beyond a knot or the like, that is not used.
  22. Idiomsat loose ends, without an occupation or plans;
    unsettled;
    uncertain:He spent two years wandering about the country at loose ends.
  23. Idiomsat one's wit's end, at the end of one's ideas or mental resources;
    perplexed:I'm at my wit's end with this problem.Also,  at one's wits' end. 
  24. Idiomsend for end, in reverse position;
    inverted:The cartons were turned end for end.
  25. Idiomsend on, with the end next to or facing:He backed the truck until it was end on with the loading platform.
  26. Idiomsend to end, in a row with ends touching:The pipes were placed end to end on the ground.
  27. Idiomsgo off the deep end, [Informal.]to act in a reckless or agitated manner;
    lose emotional control:She went off the deep end when she lost her job.
  28. Idiomsin the end, finally;
    after all:In the end they shook hands and made up.
  29. Idiomskeep or  hold one's end up, to perform one's part or share adequately:The work is demanding, but he's holding his end up.
  30. Idiomsmake an end of, to conclude;
    stop:Let's make an end of this foolishness and get down to work.
  31. Idiomsmake ends meet, to live within one's means:Despite her meager income, she tried to make ends meet.Also,  make both ends meet. 
  32. no end, [Informal.]very much or many:They were pleased no end by the warm reception.
  33. Idiomson end: 
    • having the end down;
      upright:to stand a box on end.
    • continuously;
      successively:They talked for hours on end.
  34. Idiomsput an end to, to cause to stop;
    terminate;
    finish:The advent of sound in motion pictures put an end to many a silent star's career.
  35. the end, [Slang.]the ultimate;
    the utmost of good or bad:His stupidity is the end.

v.t. 
  1. to bring to an end or conclusion:We ended the discussion on a note of optimism.
  2. to put an end to;
    terminate:This was the battle that ended the war.
  3. to form the end of:This passage ends the novel.
  4. to cause the demise of;
    kill:A bullet through the heart ended him.
  5. to constitute the most outstanding or greatest possible example or instance of (usually used in the infinitive):You just committed the blunder to end all blunders.

v.i. 
  1. to come to an end;
    terminate;
    cease:The road ends at Rome.
  2. to issue or result:Extravagance ends in want.
  3. to reach or arrive at a final condition, circumstance, or goal (often fol. by up):to end up in the army; to end as a happy person.

adj. 
  1. final or ultimate:the end result.
ender, n. 
  • Gmc *anthjá-; akin to Sanskrit ánta- end
  • bef. 900; Middle English, Old English ende; cognate with Old Frisian enda, Middle Dutch e(i)nde, Old Saxon endi, Old High German anti, German Ende, Old Norse endi(r), Gothic andeis end
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tip, bound, limit, terminus.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged End, close, conclusion, finish, outcome refer to the termination of something.
      End implies a natural termination or completion, or an attainment of purpose:the end of a day, of a race; to some good end.Close often implies a planned rounding off of something in process:the close of a conference.Conclusion suggests a decision or arrangement:All evidence leads to this conclusion; the conclusion of peace terms.Finish emphasizes completion of something begun:a fight to the finish.Outcome suggests the issue of something that was in doubt:the outcome of a game.
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  aim. 

end2  (end),USA pronunciation v.t. [Brit. Dial.]
  1. British Termsto put wheat, hay, or other grain into a stack or barn.
  • perh. variant of dialect, dialectal in to harvest (Old English innian to lodge, put up). See inn 1600–10

end-, 
  • var. of  endo- before a vowel:endameba.

  • end., 
  • endorsed.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    end /ɛnd/ n
    1. the extremity of the length of something, such as a road, line, etc
    2. the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
    3. the extreme extent, limit, or degree of something
    4. the most distant place or time that can be imagined: the ends of the earth
    5. the time at which something is concluded
    6. the last section or part
    7. a share or part: his end of the bargain
    8. (often plural) a remnant or fragment (esp in the phrase odds and ends)
    9. a final state, esp death; destruction
    10. the purpose of an action or existence
    11. either of the two defended areas of a playing field, rink, etc
    12. a section of play from one side of the rink to the other
    13. at an endexhausted or completed
    14. come to an endto become completed or exhausted
    15. get one's end awayslang to have sexual intercourse
    16. in the endfinally
    17. keep one's end upto sustain one's part in a joint enterprise
    18. to hold one's own in an argument, contest, etc
    19. make ends meet, make both ends meetto spend no more than the money one has
    20. no end, no end ofinformal (intensifier): I had no end of work
    21. on endupright
    22. without pause or interruption
    23. the endinformal the worst, esp something that goes beyond the limits of endurance
    vb
    1. to bring or come to a finish; conclude
    2. to die or cause to die
    3. (transitive) to surpass; outdo: a novel to end all novels
    4. end it allinformal to commit suicide

    See also end upEtymology: Old English ende; related to Old Norse endir, Gothic andeis, Old High German endi, Latin antiae forelocks, Sanskrit antya last

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