Meaning of END in English

I. ˈend noun

Etymology: Middle English ende, from Old English; akin to Old High German enti end, Latin ante before, Greek anti against

Date: before 12th century


a. : the part of an area that lies at the boundary


(1) : a point that marks the extent of something

(2) : the point where something ceases to exist

world without end

c. : the extreme or last part lengthwise : tip

d. : the terminal unit of something spatial that is marked off by units

e. : a player stationed at the extremity of a line (as in football)


a. : cessation of a course of action, pursuit, or activity

b. : death , destruction


(1) : the ultimate state

(2) : result , issue

3. : something incomplete, fragmentary, or undersized : remnant


a. : an outcome worked toward : purpose

the end of poetry is to be poetry — R. P. Warren

b. : the object by virtue of or for the sake of which an event takes place


a. : a share in an undertaking

kept your end up

b. : a particular operation or aspect of an undertaking or organization

the sales end of the business

6. : something that is extreme : ultimate — used with the

7. : a period of action or turn in any of various sports events (as archery or lawn bowling)

Synonyms: see intention

• end·ed ˈen-dəd adjective

- in the end

- no end

- on end

II. verb

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to bring to an end

b. : destroy

2. : to make up the end of

a wedding scene end s the film

intransitive verb


a. : to come to an end

the meeting will end at noon

b. : to reach a specified ultimate rank, situation, or place — usually used with up

end ed up as a colonel

2. : die

Synonyms: see close

III. adjective

Date: 13th century

: final , ultimate

end results

end markets

IV. transitive verb

Etymology: probably alteration of English dialect in to harvest

Date: 1607

dialect England : to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

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