verb

  • 1Come or bring to a final point; finish.

    [no object] ‘when the war ended, policy changed’
    ‘the chapter ends with a case study’
    [with object] ‘she wanted to end the relationship’
    • ‘The waiter arrived with our meals, effectively ending our conversation.’
    • ‘For folks of my political persuasion, last year ended on a very bleak note.’
    • ‘The year ended on a positive note with their films performing well at the box-office.’
    • ‘Another version ends with the death of the gang members and their leader.’
    • ‘The campaign and the European war officially ended at midnight on 8 May 1945.’
    • ‘When the interview ends, you share a burst of laughter with your mates because of the near miss.’
    • ‘His career was prematurely ended by his tragic death in a plane crash in 1939 at the age of 55.’
    • ‘The opera ends not with the death of Rusalka and the Prince, but with Rusalka's sexual thawing.’
    • ‘There could not be a better way to end what has been a great campaign.’
    • ‘Make sure every training session ends on a happy note, this is crucial.’
    • ‘The film ends with the death of the kestrel at the hands of the boy's older brother in brutal retribution for a bet he didn't place.’
    • ‘The first season's contest ends on Thursday.’
    • ‘Improbably yet convincingly, the film ends on an optimistic note.’
    • ‘We do not believe that life ends with this death.’
    • ‘The French midfield star's dazzling season was prematurely ended by a knee injury he picked up last week.’
    • ‘Death ends life before you have a chance to learn and live.’
    • ‘The sale of this house ends yet another tradition.’
    • ‘The season ends on a positive note with the beginnings of a more experienced team.’
    • ‘The first half, which was full of excellent football, ended scoreless.’
    • ‘Some faculty members find the prospect of abruptly ending their academic careers distasteful and choose instead to postpone retirement.’
    • ‘Here the film ends on a high note, suggesting that the experience is a positive one.’
    • ‘After all, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire begins with a nightmare and ends with a death.’
    • ‘The deal ends two weeks of consolidations in the sector.’
    • ‘The meeting in Geneva thus ended abruptly in high-visibility failure.’
    destroy, put an end to, extinguish, snuff out, do away with, wipe out, take
    finish, conclude, terminate, come to an end, draw to a close, close, stop, cease
    break off, call off, bring to an end, put an end to, call a halt to, halt, stop, drop, finish, terminate, discontinue, dissolve, cancel, annul
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    1. 1.1[no object] Reach a point and go no further.
      ‘the boundary where agnosticism ends and atheism begins’
      • ‘An alley runs from 12th Street behind the entire strip, and it ends before reaching 13th in a concrete wall.’
      • ‘A winding road that ends at the back of the property in a shady grove of trees reaches the main office.’
      • ‘The K, or critical point, marks where the landing area ends and the hill begins to flatten out.’
      • ‘But there's a strange exception to this doctrine. It ends when you reach America's shores.’
      • ‘The universe is so large that we can not even fathom where it ends or begins.’
      • ‘Following the course of these small island spate rivers to where their journey ends and heather turns to sand is a fine way to fish.’
      • ‘A few kilometres from the last former Soviet army checkpoint, the tarmac ends and the journey to Ground Zero continues off-road, across the parched and endless steppe.’
      • ‘It was still rather foggy out, so I couldn't tell where the dirt path ends or begins.’
      • ‘The two men fell out over where their respective remits began and ended.’
      • ‘You see our district had no boundaries that we knew of, so we had to find out where it began and ended, if it did at all.’
      • ‘Where the top blade ends, the bottom blade makes a beveled angle of thirty degrees until the sharp tip is even with the edge of the upper blade.’
      • ‘It ends when we reach the quantum limit to computing speeds.’
      • ‘It is hard now to identify at what point high principle ended and pre-election politicking began.’
    2. 1.2[no object] Perform a final act.
      ‘the man ended by attacking a police officer’
      • ‘He ended by saying that the agreement provides for disputes to be resolved by adjudication.’
      • ‘Both the French and the Russian version of utopianism ended by drenching their countries in blood.’
      • ‘Frankie thanked the fans for all the support, and ended by pledging that he'd be back.’
      • ‘It ended by adding a word of caution.’
      • ‘The letter ends by saying: ‘The doctor has been reminded of his responsibilities with respect to all of these issues.’’
      • ‘It ends perfectly, with a satisfyingly decisive, koto-like twang.’
      • ‘The bishop ended by apologising for upsetting his flock and saying he had been honoured to serve the Church.’
    3. 1.3end in[no object] Have as its final part, point, or result.
      ‘one in three marriages is now likely to end in divorce’
      • ‘To date all the matches had ended in a stalemate.’
      • ‘Mexico has won seven times, and four matches ended in a draw.’
      • ‘We've all heard the statistic that half of all marriages end in divorce.’
      • ‘The floral notes came through in the flavour, matched with a real wheaty balance and ending in a crisp dry finish.’
      • ‘They might have expected to finish last but both ended in fifth place scoring vital points for the team.’
      • ‘The Josephians are unbeaten this season having played eleven matches and all ending in no decision.’
      • ‘There was very little between the teams and it was appropriate that the match ended in a draw.’
      • ‘Remember their fine display against Dublin this time a year ago when the match ended in a draw?’
      • ‘Glenda was nursing a broken heart after her first marriage ended in divorce.’
      • ‘It is a love that cannot last, a love that must be terminated or will end in death.’
      • ‘That was the third and last time Kent visited these parts and it was the only game that ended in a definite result.’
      • ‘This is true, he says, despite the fact that almost one in three marriages eventually ends in divorce.’
      • ‘As the game drew to a close, it seemed a fairly even match would end in defeat on all four rinks.’
      • ‘As he tells the BBC, there's no point undertaking a project out of malice as it usually ends in bad results.’
      • ‘Caroline's two previous marriages ended in disaster.’
      • ‘But after their two children were born, the marriage went downhill, eventually ending in divorce.’
      • ‘My argument was that whenever I watch even part of a football match, it ends in a penalty shoot-out.’
      • ‘The encounter ends in a draw and everyone, young and old, is friends again.’
      • ‘It was the first one-day international final to end in a tie and only the fourth in England's history.’
    4. 1.4end up[no object] Eventually reach or come to a specified place, state, or course of action.
      ‘I ended up in Connecticut’
      ‘you could end up with a higher income’
      • ‘Whatever the intent, the film ends up being none of these things.’
      • ‘Why do you people think that Ryo and I are going to somehow end up falling in love?’
      • ‘Sport can be very cruel when a team plays its best football for years and ends up with nothing.’
      • ‘It seems that every politician who presumes to lecture us on the way we should live ends up being ridiculed.’
      • ‘City had led in their first meeting at half-time only to end up losing.’
      • ‘I especially like the way the burglar ends up joining them for a cup of tea at the end!’
      • ‘It's going to be interesting to see where it ends up some ten years from now.’
      • ‘I never thought that I would end up falling in love with her too.’
      • ‘You'd think his talents would give him at least some benefit in the situations where he ends up in combat.’
      • ‘At his age, he's unsure about where he'll end up working.’
      • ‘If he does end up staying, he'll have a difficult time adjusting.’
      • ‘If your money ends up in a right muddle, you could lose the roof over your head.’
      • ‘In fact, most of the songs end up sounding virtually the same.’
      • ‘It is the curse of the diplomat who, in attempting to please everyone, ends up pleasing nobody.’
      • ‘Eventually we both got tired and he ended up staying in the spare bedroom.’
      • ‘My opinion is that people take it from their mouths, toss it towards the bin but it misses and ends up on the floor.’
      • ‘Traditional salt usually ends up at the side of the road because it cannot stick when the surface is damp.’
      • ‘He eventually ended up working for a shipping company guiding boats to enter the port.’
      • ‘Trying to juggle too many things at once, she sometimes fears she ends up not doing any of them well.’
      • ‘Entering the Bridge Hotel we followed the signs eventually ending up in a dark panelled bar.’
      • ‘In such circumstances being more open with the press and the public ends up making things worse.’
      finish up, land up, arrive, find oneself, turn up, come, go, appear
      wind up, fetch up, show up, roll up, blow in
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