Learner's definition of END
1 a : a point that marks the limit of something: the point at which something no longer continues to happen or exist
b : the last part of a story, movie, song, etc.
The report is due at/by the end of the month.
She interviewed several players at the end of the game.
There is no end [=limit] to their generosity. [=they are extremely generous]
I'm at the end of my patience. = I've reached the end of my patience. [=I can no longer be patient; I have run out of patience]
I liked most of the book, but I didn't like the end. [=ending]
He read the book from beginning to end [=he read the entire book] in one day.
2 a : the part at the edge or limit of an area
b : the first or last part or section of something that is long
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.
He left the car at the far end [=most distant part] of the parking lot.
the deep/shallow end of a swimming pool
c : either limit of a scale or range
She drove the end of the stake into the ground.
The car's front/rear/back end was damaged.
One end of the rope was tangled.
Smoke curled off the end of the cigarette.
The hose is leaking at both ends.
the pointed end of the knife
The car was in the high/low end of the price range.
The candidates represent opposite ends of the political spectrum.
The resort attracts tourists from the upper end of the social scale.
3 [count] : the stopping of a condition, activity, or course of action
The agency's goal is the end of world hunger.
The treaty marked the end of the war.
His death marks the end of an era.
◊ When something is at an end it is finished or completed.
If you bring something to an end or bring an end to something, you stop, finish, or complete it.
If you put an end to something, you cause it to stop or prevent it from continuing.
Something comes to an end when it stops or finishes.
After three weeks the strike finally came to an end.
Summer always seems to come to an end much too quickly.
The curtain fell as the play came to an end.
If there is no end in sight, the point at which something will be finished is not known.
4 [count] : the point at which someone is no longer living— sometimes used with meet 5 [count] : a goal or purpose
Our ultimate end [=aim] in sponsoring the event is to raise money for charity.
corrupt leaders who use their power for their own ends
There are several ways to achieve/accomplish the same end.
◊ If something is an end in itself, it is something that you do because you want to and not because it will help you achieve or accomplish something else.
She started exercising for her health, but she enjoyed it so much that exercising became an end in itself.
For him, taking classes was an end in itself.
If the end justifies the means, a desired result is so good or important that any method, even a morally bad one, may be used to achieve it.
6 [count], American football : a player whose position is at the end of the line of scrimmage 7 [count] : a specific part of a project, activity, etc.especially : the part of a project, activity, etc., that you are responsible for— usually used with keep up or hold up 8 [count] : any one of the places connected by a telephone call 9 ends [plural] : parts of something that are left after the main part has been used
a light at the end of the tunnel
at the end of the dayinformal
: when all things are considered: in the end
at (your) wits'/wit's end
burn the candle at both ends
come to a bad end
1 : to end up in a bad situation because of your actions 2 : to die in an unpleasant way
end to end
: with ends touching each other
in the end
1 : finally or after a long time 2 : when all things are considered
He thought about moving to the city, but in the end, decided to stay where he was.
In the end, what really matters in a relationship is trust.
make ends meet
: to pay for the things that you need to live when you have little money
make your hair stand on end
never/not hear the end of it
not the end of the worldinformal
◊ If something is not the end of the world, it is not as terrible or unpleasant as it seems to be.
2 : in an upright position: not lying flat
the end of the lineinformalorthe end of the road
: the point or time when someone or something stops or cannot continue: the end
A loss in the primary elections will mean the end of the road for his campaign.
It will be the end of the line for me unless there are some changes around here.
They reached the end of the road as a couple [=their relationship was over] a long time ago.
the end of time
— used figuratively after to, till, or until
the end of your ropeinformalor chiefly Britishthe end of your tether
: a state in which you are not able to deal with a problem, difficult situation, etc., any longer
the ends of the earth
: places in the world that are very far away from cities, large groups of people, etc.: the most remote places in the world— used figuratively
the short end of the stick
the wrong end of the stick
to that/this endformal
: as a way of dealing with or doing something
to/till/until the bitter end
ends; ended; ending
ends; ended; ending
Learner's definition of END
1 a [no object] : to stop or finish: to no longer continue to happen or exist
b [+ object] : to stop or finish (something): to cause (something) to no longer continue to happen or exist
The meeting ended [=concluded] at noon.
The line of people ended around the corner.
The road ends at the top of the hill.
As soon as school ends [=(Brit) breaks up] she'll start her summer job.
The demonstration ended peacefully.
The meeting ended on a positive note.
She started out poor but ended (up) a rich woman.
: to come to the end of (something)
They ended [=concluded] the meeting at noon.
The allegations could end his career.
Her speech ended the convention.
The argument ended their friendship.
The company claims that its new product will be a/the computer to end all computers. [=a computer that is the ultimate or perfect computer]
World War I was supposed to be the war to end all wars.
2 [+ object] : to be the final part of (something)
The letters “ing” end the word “going.”
A wedding scene ends the film.
A marching band will end the parade.
Her speech will end the convention.
end in[phrasal verb]
end in (something)
: to have (something) at the end
The word ends in a suffix. [=the last part of the word is a suffix]
The knife ends in a sharp point.
Their marriage ended in divorce.
The race ended in a tie.
The demonstration ended in chaos.
end up[phrasal verb]
end up or end up (something) or end up (doing something)
: to reach or come to a place, condition, or situation that was not planned or expected
The book ended up in the trash.
He didn't want to end up [=wind up] like his father.
She ended up rich. = She ended up a rich woman.
He ended up (living) in a nursing home.
The movie we wanted to see was sold out so we ended up seeing a different one.
end with[phrasal verb]
1 end with (something) : to have (something) at the end
The film ends with a wedding scene. [=the last part of the film is a wedding scene]
The convention will end with her speech.
The parade will end with a marching band.
2 end (something) with (something) : to cause (something) to have (something) at the end
end your lifeorend it all
: to kill yourself: to commit suicide
Learner's definition of END
always used before a noun