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1. Having no exit except for going back the way one came.
2. Permitting no opportunity for progress or advancement: a dead-end job.
3. Informal Tough and rowdy: a dead-end gang.
intr.v. dead-end·ed, dead-end·ing, dead-ends
To terminate with no exit: The road dead-ends at the lake.

dead′ end′

1. a street, corridor, etc., that has no exit.
2. a position with no hope of progress; blind alley.


1. terminating in a dead end.
2. offering no possibility for advancement: a dead-end job.
3. living in the slums: a dead-end kid.
4. to terminate in a dead end.


Past participle: dead-ended
Gerund: dead-ending

I dead-end
you dead-end
he/she/it dead-ends
we dead-end
you dead-end
they dead-end
I dead-ended
you dead-ended
he/she/it dead-ended
we dead-ended
you dead-ended
they dead-ended
Present Continuous
I am dead-ending
you are dead-ending
he/she/it is dead-ending
we are dead-ending
you are dead-ending
they are dead-ending
Present Perfect
I have dead-ended
you have dead-ended
he/she/it has dead-ended
we have dead-ended
you have dead-ended
they have dead-ended
Past Continuous
I was dead-ending
you were dead-ending
he/she/it was dead-ending
we were dead-ending
you were dead-ending
they were dead-ending
Past Perfect
I had dead-ended
you had dead-ended
he/she/it had dead-ended
we had dead-ended
you had dead-ended
they had dead-ended
I will dead-end
you will dead-end
he/she/it will dead-end
we will dead-end
you will dead-end
they will dead-end
Future Perfect
I will have dead-ended
you will have dead-ended
he/she/it will have dead-ended
we will have dead-ended
you will have dead-ended
they will have dead-ended
Future Continuous
I will be dead-ending
you will be dead-ending
he/she/it will be dead-ending
we will be dead-ending
you will be dead-ending
they will be dead-ending
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been dead-ending
you have been dead-ending
he/she/it has been dead-ending
we have been dead-ending
you have been dead-ending
they have been dead-ending
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been dead-ending
you will have been dead-ending
he/she/it will have been dead-ending
we will have been dead-ending
you will have been dead-ending
they will have been dead-ending
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been dead-ending
you had been dead-ending
he/she/it had been dead-ending
we had been dead-ending
you had been dead-ending
they had been dead-ending
I would dead-end
you would dead-end
he/she/it would dead-end
we would dead-end
you would dead-end
they would dead-end
Past Conditional
I would have dead-ended
you would have dead-ended
he/she/it would have dead-ended
we would have dead-ended
you would have dead-ended
they would have dead-ended
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.dead-end - lacking opportunities for development or advancement; "stuck in a dead-end job"
inactive - (pathology) not progressing or increasing; or progressing slowly


[ˈdedˈend] ADJ [street] → sin salida; [job] → sin porvenir
dead-end kids (US) → chicos mpl de la calle
see also dead D


[dɛdˈɛnd] adj a dead-end jobun lavoro senza sbocchi


(ded) adjective
1. without life; not living. a dead body; Throw out those dead flowers.
2. not working and not giving any sign of being about to work. The phone/engine is dead.
3. absolute or complete. There was dead silence at his words; He came to a dead stop.
completely. dead drunk.
ˈdeaden verb
to lessen, weaken or make less sharp, strong etc. That will deaden the pain.
ˈdeadly adjective
1. causing death. a deadly poison.
2. very great. He is in deadly earnest (= He is completely serious).
3. very dull or uninteresting. What a deadly job this is.
extremely. deadly dull; deadly serious.
dead end
a road closed off at one end.
ˈdead-end adjective
leading nowhere. a dead-end job.
dead heat
a race, or a situation happening in a race, in which two or more competitors cross the finishing line together.
dead language
a language no longer spoken, eg Latin.
ˈdeadline noun
a time by which something must be done or finished. Monday is the deadline for handing in this essay.
ˈdeadlock noun
a situation in which no further progress towards an agreement is possible. Talks between the two sides ended in deadlock.

to set a deadline (not dateline) for finishing a job.
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