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When something ends or when you end it, it stops.
If you end with something, it is the last of a series of things that you say, do, or perform.
If you end by doing something, it is the last of a series of things that you do.
You use end up to say what happens at the end of a series of events, usually without being planned. You can say that someone or something ends up in a particular place, that they end up with something, or that they end up doing something.
Past participle: ended
|Noun||1.||end - 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"; "the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix"|
bitter end - (nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
bitthead - the upper end of a bitt
heel - the lower end of a ship's mast
point - sharp end; "he stuck the point of the knife into a tree"; "he broke the point of his pencil"
railhead - the end of the completed track on an unfinished railway
terminus - either end of a railroad or bus route
yardarm - either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship
telomere - either (free) end of a eukaryotic chromosome; "telomeres act as caps to keep the sticky ends of chromosomes from randomly clumping together"
heel - one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
destination, goal, finish - the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey); "a crowd assembled at the finish"; "he was nearly exhausted as their destination came into view"
extremity - the outermost or farthest region or point
tip - the extreme end of something; especially something pointed
|2.||end - the point in time at which something ends; "the end of the year"; "the ending of warranty period"|
last, death - the time at which life ends; continuing until dead; "she stayed until his death"; "a struggle to the last"
demise, dying, death - the time when something ends; "it was the death of all his plans"; "a dying of old hopes"
period - the end or completion of something; "death put a period to his endeavors"; "a change soon put a period to my tranquility"
year-end - the end of a calendar year; "he had to unload the merchandise before the year-end"
close, finis, last, stopping point, finale, finish, conclusion - the temporal end; the concluding time; "the stopping point of each round was signaled by a bell"; "the market was up at the finish"; "they were playing better at the close of the season"
cease - (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end
fag end, tail end, tail - the time of the last part of something; "the fag end of this crisis-ridden century"; "the tail of the storm"
last gasp - the point of death or exhaustion or completion; "the last gasp of the cold war"
expiration, expiry, termination - a coming to an end of a contract period; "the expiry of his driver's license"
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the get-go that he was the man for her"
middle - time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period; "the middle of the war"; "rain during the middle of April"
|3.||end - the concluding parts of an event or occurrence; "the end was exciting"; "I had to miss the last of the movie"|
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
end game, endgame - the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board
end game, endgame - the final stages of an extended process of negotiation; "the diplomatic endgame"
homestretch - the end of an enterprise; "they were on the homestretch when the computer crashed"
passing - the end of something; "the passing of winter"
|4.||end - 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"|
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
plan of action - a plan for actively doing something
objective, aim, object, target - the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
end-all - the ultimate goal; "human beings are not the end-all of evolution"
no-goal - a nonexistent goal; "he lived without a reason progressing toward no-goal"
aim, intent, intention, purpose, design - an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs"; "he made no secret of his designs"
intention - (usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal; "his intentions are entirely honorable"
|5.||end - 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"|
division, section, part - one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole; "the written part of the exam"; "the finance section of the company"; "the BBC's engineering division"
beginning - the first part or section of something; "`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story"
middle - an intermediate part or section; "A whole is that which has beginning, middle, and end"- Aristotle
|6.||end - a final state; "he came to a bad end"; "the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end"|
state - the way something is with respect to its main attributes; "the current state of knowledge"; "his state of health"; "in a weak financial state"
|7.||end - the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object; "one end of the box was marked `This side up'"|
surface - the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object; "they skimmed over the surface of the water"; "a brush small enough to clean every dental surface"; "the sun has no distinct surface"
|8.||end - (football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage; "the end managed to hold onto the pass"|
football, football game - any of various games played with a ball (round or oval) in which two teams try to kick or carry or propel the ball into each other's goal
lineman - one of the players on the line of scrimmage
split end - (football) an offensive end who lines up at a distance from the other linemen
tight end - (football) an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle
|9.||end - a boundary marking the extremities of something; "the end of town"|
|10.||end - 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"|
|11.||end - the part you are expected to play; "he held up his end"|
|12.||end - the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..."|
section, subdivision - a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical); "he always turns first to the business section"; "the history of this work is discussed in the next section"
epilog, epilogue - a short passage added at the end of a literary work; "the epilogue told what eventually happened to the main characters"
epilog, epilogue - a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
peroration - (rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration; "he summarized his main points in his peroration"
recital, yarn, narration - the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events; "his narration was hesitant"
|13.||end - a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold|
fag end - the frayed end of a length of cloth or rope
|14.||end - (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage; "no one wanted to play end"|
lineman - (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage
|Verb||1.||end - have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"|
pass away - go out of existence; "She hoped that the problem would eventually pass away"
lapse - end, at least for a long time; "The correspondence lapsed"
cut out - cease operating; "The pump suddenly cut out"
go out - become extinguished; "The lights suddenly went out and we were in the dark"
climax, culminate - end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"
run out - become used up; be exhausted; "Our supplies finally ran out"
run low, run short, go - to be spent or finished; "The money had gone after a few days"; "Gas is running low at the gas stations in the Midwest"
discontinue - come to or be at an end; "the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31"
break - come to an end; "The heat wave finally broke yesterday"
|2.||end - bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"
close out - terminate; "We closed out our account"
finish - cause to finish a relationship with somebody; "That finished me with Mary"
abort - terminate before completion; "abort the mission"; "abort the process running on my computer"
culminate - bring to a head or to the highest point; "Seurat culminated pointillism"
dissolve, break up - bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"
break off, discontinue, stop, break - prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negotiations"
break, interrupt - terminate; "She interrupted her pregnancy"; "break a lucky streak"; "break the cycle of poverty"
finalise, finalize, nail down, settle - make final; put the last touches on; put into final form; "let's finalize the proposal"
complete, finish - come or bring to a finish or an end; "He finished the dishes"; "She completed the requirements for her Master's Degree"; "The fastest runner finished the race in just over 2 hours; others finished in over 4 hours"
closure, cloture - terminate debate by calling for a vote; "debate was closured"; "cloture the discussion"
resolve, settle, adjudicate, decide - bring to an end; settle conclusively; "The case was decided"; "The judge decided the case in favor of the plaintiff"; "The father adjudicated when the sons were quarreling over their inheritance"
conclude - bring to a close; "The committee concluded the meeting"
close - complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement; "We closed on the house on Friday"; "They closed the deal on the building"
phase out - terminate gradually
close - finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.); "The meeting was closed with a charge by the chairman of the board"
begin, commence, set out, start, start out, set about, get down, get - take the first step or steps in carrying out an action; "We began working at dawn"; "Who will start?"; "Get working as soon as the sun rises!"; "The first tourists began to arrive in Cambodia"; "He began early in the day"; "Let's get down to work now"
|3.||end - be the end of; be the last or concluding part of; "This sad scene ended the movie"|
close - cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
|4.||end - put an end to; "The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived"|
close start, beginning, outset, commencement conclusion start, opening, beginning, launch
finish start, opening, beginning, launch, prelude
stop start, launch, initiate, originate
finish start, begin, kick in, commence, come into being
"The end must justify the means" [Matthew Prior Hans Carvel]
"All good things must come to an end"
"All's well that ends well"
at the end of [+ street, corridor] → al final de; [+ rope, cable] → en la punta de
to change ends (Sport) → cambiar de lado
the ends of the earth (fig) → el ultimo rincón del mundo
to go to the ends of the earth → ir hasta el fin del mundo
from one end to the other → de un extremo a otro
the end of the line (fig) → el término, el acabóse
to stand sth on end → poner algo de punta
his hair stood on end → se le puso el pelo de punta
the end of the road (fig) → el término, el acabóse
from end to end → de punta a punta
to place end to end → poner uno tras otro
to read a book to the very end → leer un libro hasta el mismo final
to start at the wrong end → empezar por el fin
to keep one's end up (in undertaking) → hacer su parte (in argument) → defenderse bien
to tie up the loose ends → atar cabos
to make ends meet → hacer llegar or alcanzar el dinero
to get hold of the wrong end of the stick → tomar el rábano por las hojas
to be at the end of one's tether → no poder más, no aguantar más
see also deep A1
see also shallow A1
the end of the empire → el fin del imperio
at the end of three months → al cabo de tres meses
at the end of the century → a fines del siglo
towards the end of [+ book, film] → hacia el final de; [+ century] → hacia fines de; [+ month] → hacia fin de
that was the end of him → así terminó él
that's the end of the matter → asunto concluido
that was the end of that! → ¡y se acabo!
that was the end of our car → así se acabó el coche
we'll never hear the end of it → esto va a ser cuento de nunca acabar
there's no end to it → esto no se acaba nunca
we see no end to it → no entrevemos posibilidad alguna de que termine
to be at an end [meeting, interview] → haber concluido
to be at the end of [+ strength, patience] → estar al límite de
we're at the end of our supplies → se nos están agotando las provisiones
we are almost at the end of our holidays → se nos están acabando las vacaciones
to be at the end of one's resources → haber agotado los recursos
to come to a bad end → acabar mal
to the bitter end → hasta el último suspiro
to bring to an end [+ work, speech, relationship] → dar por terminado
to come to an end → llegar a su fin, terminarse
to draw to an end → llegar a su fin, terminarse
I am getting to the end of my patience → estoy llegando al límite de mi paciencia
in the end → al fin
to make an end of → acabar con, poner fin a
I enjoyed it no end → me gustó muchísimo
to think no end of sb → tener un muy alto concepto de algn
no end of → la mar de
it caused no end of trouble → causó la mar de problemas
no end of an expert → sumamente experto, más experto que nadie
three days on end → tres días seguidos
for days on end → día tras día, durante una infinidad de días
for hours on end → hora tras hora
to put an end to [+ argument, relationship, sb's tricks] → poner fin a, acabar con
that's the end! → ¡eso es el colmo!
he's the end! → ¡es el colmo!
that movie is the end! (US) → esa película es el no va más
without end → interminable
the end of the world → el fin del mundo
it's not the end of the world → el mundo no se va a acabar por eso
at the end of the day → al fin y al cabo, a fin de cuentas
the end of a roll [of cloth, carpet] → el retal de un rollo
see also cigarette B
an end in itself → un fin en sí
the end justifies the means → el fin justifica los medios
to achieve one's end → alcanzar su objetivo
to no end → en vano
to the end that → a fin de que + subjun
to this end; with this end in view → con este propósito
with what end? → ¿para qué?
that was the meal to end all meals! → ¡eso fue el no va más en comidas!
to end one's days → vivir sus últimos días
to end it all → suicidarse
to end one's life → suicidarse
to end by saying → terminar diciendo
to end in → terminar en
to end with → terminar con
the end house N → la última casa
end line N (Basketball) → línea f de fondo
end note N → nota f final
end product N (Ind) → producto m final (fig) → consecuencia f
end result N → resultado m
end user N → usuario/a m/f final
the end of the film → la fin du film
the end of the holidays → la fin des vacances
at the end of August → à la fin août
to come to an end → prendre fin
to be at an end → être fini(e), être terminé(e)
to bring sth to an end (= halt) [+ event] → mettre fin à qch, mettre un terme à qch
to put an end to sth (= stop) [+ war, attacks] → mettre fin à qch, mettre un terme à qch; [+ practice] → mettre fin à qch, mettre un terme à qch; [+ speculation, rumours] → mettre fin à qch, mettre un terme à qch; [+ career] → mettre fin à qch, mettre un terme à qch
in the end → finalement
It turned out all right in the end → Finalement tout s'est bien passé.
In the end I decided to stay at home → Finalement j'ai décidé de rester à la maison.
at the end of the day (British) (lit) → à la fin de la journée (fig) (= in the final analysis) → en fin de compte
to the end of time, until the end of time (= for ever) → jusqu'à la fin des temps
it's not the end of the world → ce n'est pas la fin du monde
no end adv (= a lot) → énormément
no end of (= a lot of) → énormément de
at the end of the street → au bout de la rue
at the other end of the table → à l'autre bout de la table
from end to end → d'un bout à l'autre
on end [object] → debout, dressé(e)
to stand on end [hair] → se dresser sur la tête
for hours on end → pendant des heures, pendant des heures et des heures
for 5 hours on end → durant 5 heures d'affilée, durant 5 heures de suite
to be near the end of the road, to reach the end of the road (fig) → arriver en fin de course
it's the end of the road for them (= they're finished) → ils sont en fin de parcours
to make ends meet → joindre les deux bouts
the deal to end all deals → l'affaire du siècle
the film to end all films → le film du siècle
to end it all (= kill o.s.) → en finir
What time does the film end? → À quelle heure est-ce que le film se termine?
to end with sth [meeting, book, film] → se terminer par qch
to end in failure → se solder par un échec
to end in disaster → finir en catastrophe
The match ended in a draw → Ils ont fait match nul.
the week ending ... → le semaine se terminant ...
the week ending 4 September → la semaine se terminant le 4 septembre
3rd from the end → il 3° a partire dalla fine
at the end of the street → in fondo alla strada
to place end to end → mettere un'estremità contro l'altra
from end to end → da un'estremità all'altra
to stand sth on end → mettere qc in piedi or ritto/a
his hair stood on end → gli si sono rizzati i capelli
to change ends (Sport) → cambiare campo
it's the end of the road or line for us (fig) → non abbiamo futuro
to make ends meet (fig) → far quadrare il bilancio, sbarcare il lunario
to keep one's end up (fam) → difendersi abbastanza bene
to get hold of the wrong end of the stick (fig) → prendere fischi per fiaschi
at the end of the day (Brit) (fig) → in fin dei conti
it's not the end of the world (fam) → non è poi la fine del mondo
we'll never hear the end of it (fam) → non avremo più pace
there's no end to it (fam) → non finisce mai
that was the end of that! → e quella fu la fine!
to the bitter end → fino all'ultimo sangue
to come to a bad end → finire male
in the end → alla fine, da ultimo
to be at an end → essere finito/a, arrivare alla fine
to get to the end of (book, supplies, work) → finire
to be at the end of (strength, patience) → essere al limite di
to bring to an end (work, speech) → concludere
to draw to an end → stare per finire
to come to an end → finire
to put an end to (argument, relationship, sb's tricks) → porre fine a
for hours on end → per ore e ore
for 5 hours on end → per 5 ore di fila
no end of trouble (fam) → problemi a non finire
it upset me no end (adv) (fam) → mi ha turbato enormemente
without end → a non finire
that's the end! (fam) → è il colmo!
he's the end! (fam) → è impossibile!
to end by saying → concludere dicendo
to end in (dispute, conflict) → sfociare in (subj, word) → finire per or in
to end one's life → mettere fine ai propri giorni
to end it all (fam) → farla finita
that was the meal to end all meals! (fam) → quel pranzo era imbattibile!