(noun, verb)


1. either extremity of something that has length

- the end of the pier

- she knotted the end of the thread

- they rode to the end of the line

Similar word(s): terminal

Definition categories: location, extremity

2. the point in time at which something ends

- the end of the year

- the ending of warranty period

Similar word(s): ending

Definition categories: time, point

3. the final stage or concluding parts of an event or occurrence

- the end was exciting

Similar word(s): last

Definition categories: event, conclusion, ending, finish

4. the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it

- the ends justify the means

Similar word(s): goal

Definition categories: thought, content

5. a final part or section

- we have given it at the end of the section since it involves the calculus

- Start at the beginning and go on until you come to the end

Definition categories: thought, division, part, section

6. a final state

- he came to a bad end

- the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end

Similar word(s): death, destruction

Definition categories: state

7. the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object

- one end of the box was marked `This side up'

Definition categories: location, surface

8. (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage

- the end managed to hold onto the pass

Definition categories: person, lineman

9. a boundary marking the extremities of something

- the end of town

Definition categories: location, bound, boundary, bounds

10. one of two places from which people are communicating to each other

- the phone rang at the other end

- both ends wrote at the same time

Definition categories: location, place, spot

11. the part you are expected to play

- he held up his end

Definition categories: act, contribution, part, share

12. the last section of a communication

Similar word(s): close, closing, conclusion, ending

Definition categories: communication, section, subdivision

13. a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold

Similar word(s): oddment, remainder, remnant

Definition categories: man–made

14. (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage

- no one wanted to play end

Definition categories: act, lineman

Sentences with end as a noun:

- At the end of the road, turn left.

- Is there no end to this madness?

- He met a terrible end in the jungle.

- I hope the end comes quickly.

- The Pavillion End

- odds and ends


1. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

- My property ends by the bushes

- The symphony ends in a pianissimo

Similar word(s): cease, finish, stop, terminate

Definition categories: stative

2. bring to an end or halt

- She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime

Similar word(s): terminate

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

3. be the end of; be the last or concluding part of

- This sad scene ended the movie

Similar word(s): terminate

Definition categories: stative, be

4. put an end to

- The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived

Definition categories: creation, destroy, destruct

Sentences with end as a verb:

- Is this movie never going to end?

- The lesson will end when the bell rings.

- The referee blew the whistle to end the game.