Meaning of END in English

/ end; NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun



the final part of a period of time, an event, an activity or a story :

at the end of the week

We didn't leave until the very end .

the end of the book

We had to hear about the whole journey from beginning to end .

It's the end of an era.



the part of an object or a place that is the furthest away from its centre :

Turn right at the end of the road.

I joined the end of the queue.

Go to the end of the line!

You've got something on the end of your nose.

Tie the ends of the string together.

That's his wife sitting at the far end of the table.

These two products are from opposite ends of the price range.

We've travelled from one end of Mexico to the other.

They live in the end house.

—see also big end , dead end , East End , split ends , tail end



a situation in which sth does not exist any more :

the end of all his dreams

The meeting came to an end (= finished) .

The war was finally at an end .

The coup brought his corrupt regime to an end .

There's no end in sight to the present crisis.

They have called for an end to violence.

That was by no means the end of the matter.



an aim or a purpose :

They are prepared to use violence in pursuit of their ends.

She is exploiting the current situation for her own ends.

With this end in view (= in order to achieve this) they employed 50 new staff.

We are willing to make any concessions necessary to this end (= in order to achieve this) .

➡ note at target



[ usually sing. ] a part of an activity with which sb is concerned, especially in business :

We need somebody to handle the marketing end of the business.

Are there any problems at your end?

I have kept my end of the bargain.



[ usually sing. ] either of two places connected by a telephone call, journey, etc. :

I answered the phone but there was no one at the other end .

Jean is going to meet me at the other end .



one of the two halves of a sports field :

The teams changed ends at half-time.



( BrE ) a small piece that is left after sth has been used :

a cigarette end

—see also fag end , loose end , odds and ends



[ usually sing. ] a person's death. People say 'end' to avoid saying 'death' :

She came to an untimely end (= died young) .

I was with him at the end (= when he died) .

( literary )

He met his end (= died) at the Battle of Waterloo.


- at the end of the day

- a bad / sticky end

- be at the end of sth

- be at the end of your tether

- be the end

- an end in itself

- the end justifies the means

- (reach) the end of the line / road

- end of story

- end to end

- get / have your end away

- go to the ends of the earth

- in the end

- keep your end up

- make (both) ends meet

- no end

- no end of sth

- not the end of the world

- on end

- put an end to yourself | put an end to it all

—more at beginning , bitter adjective , burn verb , deep adjective , hair , hear , light noun , loose end , means , receive , sharp adjective , short noun , thin adjective , wit , wrong adjective

■ verb

end (sth) (with sth) to finish; to make sth finish :

[ v ]

The road ends here.

How does the story end?

The speaker ended by suggesting some topics for discussion.

Her note ended with the words: 'See you soon.'

[ vn ]

They decided to end their relationship.

They ended the play with a song.

[also v speech ]


- a / the sth to end all sths

- end your days / life (in sth)

- end in tears

- end it all | end your life


- end in sth

- end up



Old English ende (noun), endian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch einde (noun), einden (verb) and German Ende (noun), enden (verb).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.