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end1 /ɛnd/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- the last part;
extremity:the two ends of a rope; the west end of town.
- a point that indicates the full extent of something;
limit:walked from end to end of the city.
- the concluding part;
last point:We are finally at the end of winter.
- an intention or aim:using evil means to achieve their ends.
- an outcome;
a result:What will be the end of all this arguing?
- death, destruction, or ruin:This means the end of our hopes.
- a piece or part left over;
remnant:threw the end of his cigarette over the side.
- a share or part:She takes care of the business end, and I take care of the public relations.
adj. [before a noun]
- to (cause to) come to an end;
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.
- to form the end of:[~ + object]Those remarks ended her speech.
- to cause the death or destruction of:[~ + object]The fire ended their lives.
- to surpass or go beyond:[noun + to + ~ + all]a storm to end all storms.
- end in, [~ + in + object] to result:The battle ended in a victory.
- 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.
- final or ultimate:The end result is the same.
- Idiomsat the end of one's rope or tether, at the end of one's resources, patience, or strength.
- Idiomsend to end, in a row with ends touching:to line up the playing cards end to end.
- Idiomsgo off the deep end:
- to lose emotional control;
- Idiomsin the end, finally;
after all:We kept coming back to that car and in the end we bought it.
- 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.
- Idiomsmake (both) ends meet, to manage to live on one's income:trying to make both ends meet with two jobs.
- Idiomsno end, very much or many:We were pleased no end by the enthusiastic response.
- Idiomson end:
- with one end down;
upright:to stand a box on end.
- continuously:to talk for hours on end.
- Idiomsput an end to, [~ + object] to terminate;
finish:Let's put an end to this constant arguing.
(end),USA pronunciation n.
- 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.
- a point, line, or limitation that indicates the full extent, degree, etc., of something;
bounds:kindness without end; to walk from end to end of a city.
- a part or place at or adjacent to an extremity:at the end of the table; the west end of town.
- the furthermost imaginable place or point:an island at the very end of the world.
conclusion:The journey was coming to an end.
- the concluding part:The end of her speech had to be cut short because of time.
- an intention or aim:to gain one's ends.
- the object for which a thing exists;
purpose:The happiness of the people is the end of government.
- an outcome or result:What is to be the end of all this bickering?
- termination of existence;
death:He met a horrible end.
- a cause of death, destruction, or ruin:Another war would be the end of civilization.
- a remnant or fragment:mill end; ends and trimmings.
- a share or part in something:He does his end of the job very well.
- Textilesa warp thread running vertically and interlaced with the filling yarn in the woven fabric.
- either of the linemen stationed farthest from the center.
- the position played by this lineman.
- Sport[Archery.]the number of arrows to be shot by a competitor during one turn in a match.
- Sport[Cricket.]a wicket, esp. the one where the batsman is taking a turn.
- Sporta unit of a game, as in curling or lawn bowling.
- Philosophy[Kantianism.]any rational being, regarded as worthy to exist for its own sake.
- Gameseither half of a domino.
- [Knots.]the part of a rope, beyond a knot or the like, that is not used.
- Idiomsat loose ends, without an occupation or plans;
uncertain:He spent two years wandering about the country at loose ends.
- 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.
- Idiomsend for end, in reverse position;
inverted:The cartons were turned end for end.
- Idiomsend on, with the end next to or facing:He backed the truck until it was end on with the loading platform.
- Idiomsend to end, in a row with ends touching:The pipes were placed end to end on the ground.
- 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.
- Idiomsin the end, finally;
after all:In the end they shook hands and made up.
- 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.
- Idiomsmake an end of, to conclude;
stop:Let's make an end of this foolishness and get down to work.
- Idiomsmake ends meet, to live within one's means:Despite her meager income, she tried to make ends meet.Also, make both ends meet.
- no end, [Informal.]very much or many:They were pleased no end by the warm reception.
- Idiomson end:
- having the end down;
upright:to stand a box on end.
successively:They talked for hours on end.
- Idiomsput an end to, to cause to stop;
finish:The advent of sound in motion pictures put an end to many a silent star's career.
- the end, [Slang.]the ultimate;
the utmost of good or bad:His stupidity is the end.
- to bring to an end or conclusion:We ended the discussion on a note of optimism.
- to put an end to;
terminate:This was the battle that ended the war.
- to form the end of:This passage ends the novel.
- to cause the demise of;
kill:A bullet through the heart ended him.
- 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.
- to come to an end;
cease:The road ends at Rome.
- to issue or result:Extravagance ends in want.
- 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.
- final or ultimate:the end result.
- 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
(end),USA pronunciation v.t. [Brit. Dial.]
- 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.
- British Termsto put wheat, hay, or other grain into a stack or barn.
var. of endo- before a vowel:endameba.
- perh. variant of dialect, dialectal in to harvest (Old English innian to lodge, put up). See inn 1600–10
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end /ɛnd/ n
- the extremity of the length of something, such as a road, line, etc
- the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
- the extreme extent, limit, or degree of something
- the most distant place or time that can be imagined: the ends of the earth
- the time at which something is concluded
- the last section or part
- a share or part: his end of the bargain
- (often plural) a remnant or fragment (esp in the phrase odds and ends)
- a final state, esp death; destruction
- the purpose of an action or existence
- either of the two defended areas of a playing field, rink, etc
- a section of play from one side of the rink to the other
- at an end ⇒ exhausted or completed
- come to an end ⇒ to become completed or exhausted
- get one's end away ⇒ slang to have sexual intercourse
- in the end ⇒ finally
- keep one's end up ⇒ to sustain one's part in a joint enterprise
- to hold one's own in an argument, contest, etc
- make ends meet, make both ends meet ⇒ to spend no more than the money one has
- no end, no end of ⇒ informal (intensifier): I had no end of work
- on end ⇒ upright
- without pause or interruption
- the end ⇒ informal the worst, esp something that goes beyond the limits of endurance
See also end upEtymology: Old English ende; related to Old Norse endir, Gothic andeis, Old High German endi, Latin antiae forelocks, Sanskrit antya lastˈender n
- to bring or come to a finish; conclude
- to die or cause to die
- (transitive) to surpass; outdo: a novel to end all novels
- end it all ⇒ informal to commit suicide
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