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1end/ˈɛnd/noun
pluralends
1end
/ˈɛnd/
noun
pluralends
Learner's definition of END  
[singular] 
: 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.
[count] 
: the part at the edge or limit of an area
— see also dead endrear end
   b : the first or last part or section of something that is long
   c : either limit of a scale or range
[count] : the stopping of a condition, activity, or course of action
◊ 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.
If there is no end in sight, the point at which something will be finished is not known.
[count] : the point at which someone is no longer living
: death
— sometimes used with meet
[count] : a goal or purpose
◊ 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.
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.
[count]American football : a player whose position is at the end of the line of scrimmage
— see also end runsplit endstight end
[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
[count] : any one of the places connected by a telephone call
ends [plural] : parts of something that are left after the main part has been used
— see also loose endodds and ends

a light at the end of the tunnel

— see 1light

at the end of the day

informal
: when all things are considered: in the end

at (your) wits'/wit's end

— see wit

burn the candle at both ends

— see 1burn

come to a bad end

: to end up in a bad situation because of your actions
: to die in an unpleasant way

end to end

: with ends touching each other

go off the deep end

— see 1deep

in the end

: finally or after a long time
: when all things are considered

make ends meet

: to pay for the things that you need to live when you have little money

make your hair stand on end

— see hair

never/not hear the end of it

— see hear

not the end of the world

informal
◊ If something is not the end of the world, it is not as terrible or unpleasant as it seems to be.

on end

: without interruption
: in an upright position: not lying flat

on/at the receiving end

— see receive

the end of the line

informalorthe end of the road
: the point or time when someone or something stops or cannot continue: the end

the end of time

— used figuratively after to, till, or until

the end of your rope

informalor 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

— see 1stick

the wrong end of the stick

— see 1stick

(to) no end

: a lot: a great deal

to that/this end

formal
: as a way of dealing with or doing something

to/till/until the bitter end

— see 1bitter
2end/ˈɛnd/verb
endsendedending
2end
/ˈɛnd/
verb
endsendedending
Learner's definition of END  
[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: to come to the end of (something)
[+ object] : to be the final part of (something)

end in

[phrasal verb]
end in (something) 
: to have (something) at the end

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

end with

[phrasal verb]
end with (something) : to have (something) at the end
end (something) with (something) : to cause (something) to have (something) at the end

end your life

orend it all
: to kill yourself: to commit suicide
3end/ˈɛnd/adjective
3end
/ˈɛnd/
adjective
Learner's definition of END  
always used before a noun
: 1final
— see also end user
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