- The definition of an end is the last part, or limit of something.
An example of end is the last scene in a movie.
The end of a movie.
- a limit or limiting part; point of beginning or stopping; boundary
- the last part of anything; final point; finish; completion; conclusion: the end of the day
- a ceasing to exist; death or destruction
- the cause or manner of this
- the part at, toward, or near either of the extremities of anything; tip
- an outer district or region: the west end of town
- a division, sector, area of responsibility, etc., as in an organization
- what is desired or hoped for; object; purpose; intention
- an outcome; result; upshot; consequence
- a piece left over; fragment; remnant: odds and ends
- the reason for being; final cause
- ☆ Football
- a player at either end of the line
- his position
Origin of endMiddle English and amp; Old English ende, akin to German ende, Gothic andeis ; from Indo-European an unverified form antyos, opposite, lying ahead ; from an unverified form anti-, opposite, facing (; from base an unverified form ants, front, forehead) ; from Old High German endi, forehead, German anti, Classical Latin ante
- to bring to an end; finish; stop; conclude
- to be or form the end of
Origin of endME enden < OE endian
- to come to an end; terminate: often with up
- to die
end for end
ends of the earth
end to end
in the end
keep one's end up
make an end of
- to finish; stop
- to do away with
make (both) ends meet
Origin of endas in Fr joindre les deux bouts
- in an upright position
- without interruption: for days on end
put an end to
- to stop
- to do away with
- Either extremity of something that has length: the end of the pier.
- The outside or extreme edge or physical limit; a boundary: the end of town.
- The point in time when an action, event, or phenomenon ceases or is completed; the conclusion: the end of the day.
- A result; an outcome.
- Something toward which one strives; a goal. See Synonyms at intention.
- The termination of life or existence; death: “A man awaits his end / Dreading and hoping all” (William Butler Yeats).
- The ultimate extent; the very limit: the end of one's patience.
- Slang The very best; the ultimate: This pizza's the end.
- A remainder; a remnant.
- a. A share of a responsibility or obligation: your end of the bargain.b. A particular area of responsibility: in charge of the business end of the campaign.
- A warp end.
- Football Either of the players in the outermost position on the line of scrimmage. Offensive ends are eligible to catch passes.
verbend·ed, end·ing, ends
- To bring to a conclusion: Let's end this discussion.
- To form the last or concluding part of: the song that ended the performance. See Synonyms at complete.
- To destroy: ended our hopes.
- To come to a finish; cease: The rain ended.
- To arrive at a place, situation, or condition as a result of a course of action. Often used with up: He ended up as an adviser to the president. The painting ended up being sold for a million dollars.
- To die.
Origin of endMiddle English ende, from Old English; see ant- in Indo-European roots.
- The final point of something in space or time.
- At the end of the road, turn left. At the end of the story, the main characters fall in love.
- The cessation of an effort, activity, state, or motion.
- Is there no end to this madness?
- Death, especially miserable.
- He met a terrible end in the jungle.
- I hope the end comes quickly.
- A purpose, goal, or aim.
- (cricket) One of the two parts of the ground used as a descriptive name for half of the ground.
- The Pavillion End
- (American football) The position at the end of either the offensive or defensive line, a tight end, a split end, a defensive end.
- (curling) A period of play in which each team throws eight rocks, two per player, in alternating fashion.
- (mathematics) An ideal point of a graph or other complex.
- That which is left; a remnant; a fragment; a scrap.
- odds and ends
- One of the yarns of the worsted warp in a Brussels carpet.
- Adjectives often used with "end": final, ultimate, deep, happy, etc.
(third-person singular simple present ends, present participle ending, simple past and past participle ended)
From Middle English ende, from Old English ende, from Proto-Germanic *andijaz (compare Dutch einde, German Ende, Swedish ände), from Proto-Indo-European *antios (compare Old Irish ét (“end, point”), Latin antiae (“forelock”), Albanian anë (“side”), Ancient Greek ἀντίος (antios, “opposite”), Sanskrit अन्त्य (antya, “last”)), from *h₂enti (“opposite”). More at anti.
The verb is from Middle English enden, endien, from Old English endian (“to end, to make an end of, complete, finish, abolish, destroy, come to an end, die”), from Proto-Germanic *andijōną (“to finish, end”), denominative from *andijaz.
Variant of endo-
Origin of endo-; from Classical Greek endon, within ; from en, in + (?) an unverified form dom, locative of base seen in Classical Latin domus, house: hence, origin, originally , in the house