Definition of end in US English:

end

noun

  • 1A final part of something, especially a period of time, an activity, or a story.

    ‘the end of the year’
    ‘Mario led the race from beginning to end’
    • ‘You go out to a night club all happy and then the fights at the end of the night ruin it all.’
    • ‘All have time-sensitive deadlines that mark the end of August.’
    • ‘The first stage will be completed by the end of March.’
    • ‘At the end of our journey, back in Zheleznitsa, we lay down by the side of the river and even had a quick dip in it.’
    • ‘On the evidence of this performance both sides will be in the running for honours at the end of the season.’
    • ‘Like him or not, we're seeing the tail end of a key era in Canadian politics pass.’
    • ‘Many say the two new injections could be made available to the public by end of the year.’
    • ‘The major pipe work is expected to be completed by the end of March 2005.’
    • ‘"Last year marked the tail end of a bad downturn in the electronics business, " he says.’
    • ‘Another financial goal is to have the redecoration of our house completed by the end of March.’
    • ‘We made a list and set a goal of playing at least one club on the list by summer's end.’
    • ‘We we nearing the end of June and the trip was less than two weeks away.’
    • ‘By the end of the session they're breathing out big, solid clouds into the chill air.’
    • ‘There was a mighty battle in the middle of the park and at the end of it the honours were shared.’
    • ‘At the end of the journey he wished to express his appreciation for the favour by treating me to a drink in a bar.’
    • ‘Final financial approval is expected by the end of June.’
    • ‘On stepping on the scales just before the end of the week she exclaimed to me in terror that she had in fact gained weight.’
    • ‘Both Governments are working towards brokering a deal before the end of next week.’
    • ‘At the end of this hellish journey, Japan Rail made my father pay for two more tickets.’
    • ‘The Kildare fire services hopes it will have contacted most guest houses by the end of this year.’
    • ‘We got the early goal, scored right at the end of the first half and got another within seconds of them getting their goal.’
    • ‘Much beer was consumed, of course, and I had a bit of a nightmare journey home at the end of the night.’
    conclusion, termination, ending, finish, close, resolution, climax, finale, culmination, denouement
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    1. 1.1 A termination of a state or situation.
      ‘the party called for an end to violence’
      ‘one notice will be effective to bring the tenancy to an end’
      • ‘For the best part of a century, that clanging sound signalled the abrupt end of an English night out.’
      • ‘The last few weeks have seen the end of a link between Hull and the university that has been part of city life for many years.’
      • ‘The only way to dismantle the " terrorist infrastructure " would be to put an end to the occupation.’
      • ‘Some suggested its closure signalled the end of the upmarket steakhouse era.’
      • ‘His initial one month deal came to an end at the weekend but the Conference side were keen to keep him there for longer.’
      • ‘If Labour wins its expected second landslide it will mark the end of a century of Conservative hegemony.’
      • ‘Ward councillors have reacted with dismay, saying it will mean the end of historical links.’
      • ‘Grappling with insurgency appears to be the daily assignment with no end in sight.’
    2. 1.2 Used to emphasize that something, typically a subject of discussion, is considered finished.
      ‘you will go to church and that's the end of it’
      • ‘She accepted that she might be mistaken about this point - so that is an end of it.’
      • ‘Mr Monks added: "That was the end of it, there was no awkwardness."’
      • ‘As far as we are concerned that is the end of it.’
      • ‘Her mother said: "OK, that's the end of it."’
      • ‘" You would no longer be any daughter of mine and there's an end of it!’
      • ‘Mistakenly, I think that's the end of it.’
    3. 1.3 A person's death.
      ‘he realized that his end was near’
      ‘he would meet his end at the hands of a sorcerer’
      • ‘By having four boys as it turned out, did that put a dead end to your career?’
      • ‘The deal signalled the end for group founder MacKenzie, who has since made his exit.’
      • ‘I really thought that it was the end for jazz, that it would never recover.’
      • ‘That was the end of her career on that ship, and Big Sal nearly gave up the ocean going life for one of nursery nursing.’
      • ‘It was hardly the most glorious end for a man who had cheated death so many times in so many of the world's wilder places.’
      • ‘A scandal is upon me, certain to bring an abrupt end to my political career unless you help me.’
      death, dying, demise, passing, passing on, passing away, expiration, expiry
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    4. 1.4archaic (in biblical use) an ultimate state or condition.
      ‘the end of that man is peace’
  • 2The furthest or most extreme part or point of something.

    as modifier ‘the end house’
    ‘a length of wire with a hook at the end’
    • ‘At one end of the line, was a man with a large soupspoon dishing out a brown meaty stew.’
    • ‘Laura sat curled up at one end of her bed, a book in hand and a notebook in the other.’
    • ‘Bend one end of each ribbon and seal edge only with fabric glue to form the rod pocket.’
    • ‘Alternatively, you can telephone the phone numbers given at the end of this piece.’
    • ‘The cashier will also be moved to the opposite end of the service area to improve customer flow.’
    • ‘A door opened and slammed shut again at the far end of the hallway.’
    • ‘She grabbed one of the ropes and tied one end to a four by four that was supporting the roof.’
    • ‘The door of the house at the end of the street is open and anyone is welcome in.’
    • ‘Take your nail and place it so that the pointed end rests against the top of the block of wood.’
    • ‘The precast-concrete panels were attached to the steel ribs at the quarter points of the panels, with the top and bottom ends left unsupported.’
    • ‘The dog should be put on a leash and the owner and the dog should stand at one end of a hallway or a room.’
    • ‘They live in a stark, unpainted, concrete house at the end of a five-mile dirt road.’
    • ‘The axle of the truck is a rod the goes from one end of the hangar to the other and sticks out on both sides.’
    • ‘They have put signs up at each end stating there have been eighteen deaths in two years.’
    • ‘Where once it took three hours to get from one end of the island to the other, it now takes one.’
    • ‘In some cases, gable end cladding can be replaced with space sheeting.’
    • ‘I couldn't even see the far end of the tunnel.’
    • ‘On the floor just below the north tower there was a balcony with statues on each end of it.’
    • ‘This one sounded tired, as if the owner had just run from one end of the world to the other.’
    • ‘She did a few laps, and then at one end of the pool, stopped to take a breather and relax.’
    • ‘As he does, we see a door at the far end of the hallway slightly open.’
    • ‘Place the nail or paper clip at one end of the coil and then connect the coil to the battery.’
    • ‘None of them knew which end of the club to hold five years ago, and all of them can now play well.’
    • ‘They could travel from one end of the city to the other and never see the light of day.’
    • ‘He drew up a chair at one end of the table, motioning for me to do the same as he took a sip from his cup of coffee.’
    • ‘It seemed to me as if the sky split open from one end to the other to rain down fire.’
    extremity, furthermost part, limit, margin, edge, border, boundary, periphery
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    1. 2.1British A small piece that is left after something has been used.
      ‘a box of candle ends’
      • ‘For example 9 billion cigarette ends get dropped around Australia every year.’
      • ‘Some hang on to so-called stub ends, a few shares held for old time's sake, even though they decided to sell out of a position.’
      butt, stub, stump, remnant, fragment, vestige
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    2. 2.2 The part or share of an activity with which someone is concerned.
      ‘you're going to honor your end of the deal’
      • ‘It probably is a cautionary tale for the rest of us who are in this end of the business.’
      • ‘If she isn't holding up her end of the deal than she should get a job and bring in some income.’
    3. 2.3 A specified extreme point on a scale.
      ‘homebuyers at the lower end of the market’
      • ‘These two devices mark the bottom and top ends of the mid-market respectively, Quantum said.’
      • ‘The market has changed from having a top end, a middle market and a lower end.’
      • ‘The majority of offences committed by juveniles are not at the serious end of the scale.’
      • ‘At extreme ends of the scale, the choice as to what you can grow is limited to plants that are suitable to either acid or lime.’
      • ‘Folks at the upper end of the scale also pay the vast bulk of income taxes in the country.’
      • ‘Coffee house patrons from all ends of the political spectrum rebelled and eleven days later the coffee houses were reopened and their numbers continued to increase.’
      • ‘At the opposite end of the scale, Charlton went all season without earning a single spot-kick.’
      • ‘Visitors will have the chance to eavesdrop on preparations for two weddings involving women at opposite ends of the social scale.’
      • ‘This poverty coexists with obscene wealth at the other end of the social scale.’
      • ‘All of us work along a spectrum with emotions at one end and the intellect at the other.’
      • ‘A structural shift in the nature of the public markets means that opportunities for venture capitalists that weren't there previously are now arising at both ends of the deal spectrum.’
      • ‘During a space mission, astronauts and their spacecraft are exposed to temperature extremes on both ends of the scale.’
      • ‘Only those at opposite ends of the social scale joined up.’
      • ‘People from what would be considered opposite ends of the social spectrum mingle openly.’
      • ‘Would it not have been better to invest that money in raising the level of grants at the lower end of the scale?’
      • ‘However, at the other end of the scale the worst site was at Ballybeg which had been a problem for a long time.’
      • ‘So how does the low end of the performance scale do here?’
      • ‘At the other end of the scale of size, at the atomic and subatomic level, another great mystery resides.’
      • ‘It has gambled on ventures elsewhere in the world to get a bigger share of the luxury end of the market.’
      • ‘But the hottest souvenir buy this year comes from the other end of the fashion scale.’
      • ‘The table gives the official minima for combinations at opposite ends of the spectrum.’
      • ‘Today, the companies are vastly different operations and producing returns at opposite ends of the scale for their owners.’
      • ‘And its not just those at the lower end of the economic scale who are feeling the pinch.’
      • ‘It is not just at the larger end of the deal spectrum where firms appear to be struggling to find good deals.’
      aspect, side, section, area, field, part, share, portion, segment, province
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    4. 2.4 A place that is linked to another by a telephone call, letter, or journey.
      ‘“Hello,” said a voice at the other end’
      • ‘Despite demonstrating I attempted to purchase a ticket at both ends of my journey and enclosing a copy of a travelcard I bought, my appeal was rejected.’
      • ‘When I got out of the tube at the other end of my journey, his voicemail was waiting for me.’
      • ‘He recommends that the southern end of the link should go ahead in the short-term.’
      • ‘These chocolate soldiers of the air breeze past their human cargo apparently determined to avoid eye contact at both ends of the journey.’
      • ‘Sometimes I would buy a ticket from the machine at the other end of my journey, then rip it up and put it in the bin.’
      • ‘At the end of the journey, I feel as if I've reached a sort of Velocipede's nirvana.’
      • ‘Fantastic routes do go down other sides of the mountain though, with their ends linked to free bus connections heading back to the lifts, hotels or bars.’
    5. 2.5 The part of an athletic field or court defended by one team or player.
      • ‘He demands that his players play both ends of the court.’
      • ‘The team needs consistency on both ends of the court.’
      • ‘Ham consistently plays team basketball on both ends of the court-a concept his teammates don't embrace.’
      • ‘Saunders always has used a team approach on both ends of the court.’
      • ‘A tireless, relentless player at both ends of the court, he is always in the middle of the action and seems to have a knack for coming up with the ball.’
      • ‘Although he still is overpowered at times, Miles has been very effective at both ends of the court playing closer to the basket.’
      • ‘Goalless at the end of normal time, the teams changed ends for extra-time.’
      • ‘Wallace led the onslaught with his sparkling play and boundless energy on both ends of the court.’
      • ‘Warrick works hard at both ends and is a team player.’
      • ‘Both players were trying to dominate with fast, attacking shots and they shared the next two ends to take it to a deciding set.’
      • ‘Martin plays well on both ends of the court, unlike those one-dimensional players.’
      • ‘He has become timid at both ends of the court, and his playing time has been cut.’
      • ‘One rule in tennis is that every other game you switch ends of the court with your opponent.’
  • 3A goal or result that one seeks to achieve.

    ‘each would use the other to further his own ends’
    ‘to this end, schools were set up for peasant women’
    • ‘But on the other hand, if we are down about life, and unsure of our ends and goals, enhancement technologies won't help us.’
    • ‘This view fuelled an increasingly ruthless pursuit of methods by which to harness nature for purely utilitarian ends, motivated by desire for control, power and wealth.’
    • ‘In other words, no one can prove conclusively we are lying, so we will continue to lie in order to further our own ends.’
    • ‘Surely the administration would not resort to blackmailing us into allowing the use of the airport to further their own ends?’
    • ‘But the only people who share identical ends for the identical reasons with identical intensity are identical people.’
    • ‘Carla and Paul are drawn to each other, forming a strange partnership, partially fueled by somewhat repressed desire, as well as their willingness to use each other to further their own ends.’
    • ‘This refers to a group of persons who participate in common activity and experience a psychological sense of togetherness as shared ends are sought.’
    • ‘Indeed, it is arguable that one can only achieve ones ends by engaging in means that those who oppose you will understand and that will hurt them seriously enough to make them take notice.’
    • ‘To this end I believe that the County Board must act now before an incident like this ends tragically.’
    • ‘He was happy to use me to further his own ends, secure in the knowledge that he'd take me out with virtually no effort when the time came.’
    • ‘If you have caused his family any unnecessary pain to further your own ends, then you do not deserve to be in his life at all.’
    • ‘So he obviously developed a way to use nationalism and identity to further his own ends.’
    • ‘Some might try and use those deaths for their own ends, or to justify their belief that we should never have walked this path.’
    • ‘The religious leader said politicians were trying to use religion to further their own ends, using sectarian violence as a tool.’
    • ‘In brief, shared ends are insufficient to anchor the liberal polity; there must be shared justifications as well.’
    • ‘The Respondent, on the face of it to further his own ends but also in his view to further the wishes of the assignors, dealt with the matter in such a way that he simply cut out the input of the assignors' solicitors.’
    • ‘Sadly this often results in the initiative itself becoming the end in itself rather than the means to it.’
    • ‘So if we believe that economic growth is what makes societies happy, promoting innovation can be this way linked to human ends.’
    • ‘Human action is the purposeful striving after desired ends.’
    • ‘Our ends and values are shared with others and conditioned by the societies in which we live.’
    aim, goal, purpose, objective, object, grail, holy grail, target, mission
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  • 4(in lawn bowling and curling) a session of play in one particular direction across the playing area.

  • 5American Football
    An offensive or defensive lineman positioned nearest to the sideline.

    • ‘They are, however, ready to finally have a decent receiving tight end.’
    • ‘The ends line up directly in front of the offensive tackles.’
    • ‘The team puts four ends on the field and gets heavy pressure without blitzing.’
    • ‘He was a pass-rushing defensive end in college.’
    • ‘"He's one of the top defensive ends in this league, " Lewis says.’
    • ‘His presence was also valuable in set pieces at both ends of the pitch.’

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

  • be at (or have come to) an end

    • 1Be finished or completed.

      • ‘Only when these issues have been addressed and the occupation has come to an end will democracy cease to be an empty concept.’
      • ‘It is clear that, if a contract did exist and was at an end, then negotiations can continue.’
      • ‘‘The talks with officials had come to an end, but before we concluded they came up with the new issue which did not concern us,’ he said.’
      • ‘He said: ‘Now the money is at an end the Tourism Partnership ceases to exist.’’
      • ‘As this young soldier realises his life has come to an end, he stops and he thinks.’
      • ‘They do not cease to exist even after the body has come to an end.’
      • ‘The spokesman for the environmental group says the research has come to an end and should be concluded.’
      • ‘They insisted that although they still wanted negotiations to continue they had to regard them has having come to an end.’
      • ‘The signs weren't looking good last week but indeed after this past week's events I think it's safe to conclude that our time on this planet has come to an end.’
      • ‘It was only as a result of a threat of legal action by the developer that the dispute had come to an end.’
      1. 1.1(of a supply of something) become exhausted.
        ‘our patience has come to an end’
        • ‘‘That promise has not been kept and, speaking personally, my patience is at an end on this issue,’ he said.’
        • ‘I have no idea as to how long he had been waiting, but it was clear that it was his turn and his patience was at an end, you might say.’
        • ‘A storm is brewing, patience is at an end, and war looks inevitable.’
        • ‘Graduate trainees, who said ‘their patience had come to an end,’ have accused the government of political interference in appointments.’
        • ‘Fire Brigades' Union delegates emerged from a national meeting after deciding their patience was at an end and they had no option but to stage a new, 24-hour walkout.’
        • ‘I've been respectful, accepting, and tolerant, but my patience is at an end.’
        • ‘But the evidence now suggests that their patience is at an end.’
        • ‘By mid-September the emissary's patience was at an end.’
        • ‘Within two minutes, however, it was Sanft touching down at the other end and adding the goal points.’
        • ‘However, it turns out that the social-democratic electorate's patience has come to an end.’
  • be at the end of

    • Be close to having no more of (something)

      ‘he was at the end of his ability to cope’
      • ‘Unfortunately, they were at the end of the batch.’
      • ‘Mrs Murphy, whose family run a manufacturing plant on the estate, said they were at the end of their tether.’
  • be the end

    • informal Be the limit of what one can tolerate.

      ‘you really are the end!’
  • come to (or meet) a sticky (or bad) end

    • Be led by one's own actions to ruin or an unpleasant death.

      ‘behave yourself or you will come to a sticky end!’
      • ‘One police source said: ‘If they start criminal activities I think they'll come to a sticky end.’’
      • ‘Historically, imperialism always comes to a sticky end, thank God.’
      • ‘He's gonna come to a sticky end if he keeps this up.’
      • ‘It wasn't a surprise for Dance to play a character who comes to a sticky end.’
      • ‘And he doesn't mind playing the ‘bad guy’ who eventually meets a sticky end.’
      • ‘History is littered with many an aimless younger sibling who has come to a sticky end through no fault other than the fact that he was the second born.’
      • ‘It was a promising start but the initiative came to a sticky end.’
      • ‘Apparently in the 33 years they have been parachuting at Cark, only three skydivers have met a sticky end and all were pros doing tricky jumps.’
      • ‘Many others who, in classical times, hungered after gold came to a sticky end.’
      • ‘And all cowards come to a sticky end, sweetheart, whether you like it or not.’
  • end of story

    • informal Used to emphasize that there is nothing to add on a matter just mentioned.

      ‘Men don't cry in public. End of story’
  • end one's days (or life)

    • Spend the final part of one's existence in a specified place or state.

      ‘the last passenger pigeon ended her days in the Cincinnati Zoo’
      • ‘And Bertram, full of the most charisma and promise as a youth, ends his days as a minor and mildly eccentric academic.’
      • ‘George goes off the rails again, ending his days in The Chelsea Hotel in New York.’
      • ‘There are various stories doing the rounds over the past few year as to why Gavin is not ending his days at the Showgrounds where his experience would be a decided asset to a team bereft of wise heads.’
      • ‘He ends his life as a bankrupt and a dependant of Flashman's aristocratic father-in-law.’
      • ‘As he boarded a plane from Manchester last February he was looking forward to ending his days in the bosom of his new-found family.’
      • ‘A young soldier answers the call to fight for King and country, and ends his days in a society that disputes the necessity of soldiering.’
  • an end in itself

    • A goal that is pursued in its own right to the exclusion of others.

      • ‘Selling quality food overseas is not just an end in itself.’
      • ‘We do not believe that it can be pursued as an end in itself.’
      • ‘Any rational nation will treat the U.N. as a means to pursue its ends, not as an end in itself.’
      • ‘Now winning, or doing well in that competition appears to be an end in itself.’
      • ‘It is a means toward a goal rather than an end in itself.’
      • ‘State power, in that context, is a means to an end, not an end in itself.’
      • ‘In some cases the process of seeking someone to blame has even become an end in itself and seems to lead some people even further astray.’
      • ‘Affirmative action is not an end in itself, but an instrument in the struggle for anti-racist movement.’
      • ‘Children must be made to know that they exist for the society in which they live, rather than seeing the family as an end in itself.’
      • ‘Though Cha took an intellectual approach to art making, theory was not an end in itself.’
      • ‘They are, of course, immune to the notion of money as an end in itself.’
  • end in tears

    • Have an unhappy or painful outcome (often as a warning)

      ‘this treaty will end in tears’
      • ‘Either no one listens, or you get all carried away and proclaim yourselves as prophets, and it all ends in tears and fireballs.’
      • ‘These women follow the same pattern in their dealings with the media: first they are used by Fleet Street, then they try to use Fleet Street, then it all ends in tears.’
      • ‘And, on both occasions, it all ended in tears.’
      • ‘The tragedy is that the love affair looks like ending in tears.’
      • ‘Of course, the story ends in tears for him.’
      • ‘It always ends in tears when prime ministers think too much of their place in history instead of simply trying harder to govern the country well.’
      • ‘Meanwhile Bobby and his friends start a rock group but it all ends in tears.’
      • ‘In my experience, close proximity ends in tears more than anything else.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be right for you to get involved in this kind of relationship because from experience it nearly always ends in tears.’
      • ‘The outcome nearly always ends in tears, with tantrums on both sides and withheld fees.’
      • ‘The battle to save the Special School ended in tears and acrimony this week when councillors voted to close it.’
  • end it all

    • Commit suicide.

      • ‘Without hope, thousands prefer to end it all by swallowing pesticide.’
      • ‘Not all of us have been in a situation when you watch someone die slowly and painfully but I'm sure we can all imagine. Wouldn't it be so much easier if they could end it all?’
      • ‘Elsewhere, Beth and Angel are debating the relative merits of hanging and drugs as methods of ending it all.’
      • ‘Several times now I have contemplated ending it all.’
      • ‘For the sake of her children, she decided to battle on against the virus instead of ending it all by killing herself.’
      • ‘She begged her best friend to help her to end it all, but her friend, too afraid of going to prison, could do nothing but watch helplessly, unable to ease her best friend's suffering.’
      • ‘On a cold January night, he decided to end it all by drowning himself.’
      • ‘You do feel despair and I know a lot of people do contemplate ending it all.’
      • ‘I wouldn't want anyone to get the idea that having my mother staying with me this week has led me to thoughts of ending it all.’
      • ‘He decided one day that enough was enough and ended it all, and left me with a new-born baby and two other children to cope with on my own.’
      • ‘At one point a couple of years ago, he says, he thought about ending it all, going out after one last amazing, self-destructive bender.’
      • ‘‘There were times when I really wanted to end it all because life was just so awful and helpless,’ she said.’
      • ‘I had a ‘dark night of the soul’ and even considered ending it all, but I got through it and decided to use my talents to help others.’
      • ‘Should we, if we know we haven't got long to live, be allowed to take the option of ending it all?’
      • ‘Van Gogh said the only solution was to end it all.’
      • ‘For those who are alone and lonely, that anonymous, comforting voice on the other end of the line might be one thing that prevents them from ending it all, there and then.’
  • the end of the road (or line)

    • The point beyond which progress or survival cannot continue.

      ‘if the lawsuit is not dropped it could be the end of the road for the publisher’
      • ‘A meeting will take place today to decide if it is the end of the road for workers at the plant.’
      • ‘Some say it's the end of the road for players like Paul and others.’
      • ‘For the little biotech company, it may be the end of the road, their destruction.’
      • ‘It marks the end of the road for him and for all who bullied and killed in his name.’
      • ‘After 170 years of wacky inventions and strange new models, it seems we may finally be at the end of the road for the electric car.’
      • ‘This week, as in previous years, a number of politicians some nice and some barely competent, have come to the end of the road.’
      • ‘Police will start using a new radio system today meaning the end of the road for eavesdroppers who listened in to police messages.’
      • ‘It is the end of the road for these buses, as the company has been sold off amid a huge backlog of repairs and maintenance work.’
      • ‘In Los Angeles, motorway capital of the world, car chaos has taken the city to the end of the road.’
  • the end of one's rope

    • Having no patience or energy left to cope with something.

      ‘after enduring four years of mice in the house, we were at the end of our rope’
      ‘they have reached the end of their tether’
      • ‘A lot of residents are at the end of their tether and I don't think he realises exactly what he has done.’
      • ‘He said children had repeatedly kicked a football at his gable end wall for two years and that the thudding had brought him and his wife, Sue, to the end of their tether.’
      • ‘Gardeners are near the end of their tether because of youngsters rampaging through their allotment, leaving a trail of devastation behind them.’
      • ‘‘It's at crisis point, teachers are at the end of their tether,’ he said.’
      • ‘The ad, which speaks to a patient at the end of his rope, states, ‘If you have advanced HIV, your options are limited.’’
      • ‘But, when it's an individual who is obviously very distressed and at the end of their tether and upset, you feel heart-sorry for them.’
      • ‘Neighbours are also at the end of their tether with the trouble.’
      • ‘She said she can't cope with it anymore as she's at the end of her tether.’
      • ‘Residents are at the end of their tether with regard to youth crime in the area.’
      • ‘We have some members of the group who have reached the end of their tether and feel they can't go on.’
      • ‘There's no need to wait until you are at the end of your tether before you come here.’
      • ‘I am at the end of my tether and I feel that I can no longer cope with the behaviour of the defendant and her family.’
  • the end of the world

    • 1The termination of life on the earth.

      • ‘It had seemed like the end of the world, with explosions like one would picture with Armageddon.’
      • ‘Interesting examples of this occur with doomsday cults, which set dates and times for the end of the world.’
      • ‘The Earth and the inhabitants of the planet were preparing for the end of the world.’
      • ‘That was how the prophets of doom predicted the end of the world at midnight on the millennium.’
      • ‘People screamed and flung themselves face down upon the earth fearing it was the end of the world.’
      • ‘And we have become almost immune to those harbingers of doom who foretell the end of the world.’
      1. 1.1informal A complete disaster.
        ‘it's not the end of the world if you're not great at sports’
        • ‘There will be some who will proclaim this result a disaster, the end of the world.’
        • ‘It would be great to make a million dollars but if we don't, that's not exactly the end of the world..’
        • ‘Leaving it a little more open-ended wouldn't be the end of the world.’
        • ‘It's also the end of the world if another actor is singled out for praise, especially if you have a similar-sized part.’
        • ‘‘It was like the end of the world for the whole family, when this happened to Lydia,’ he said.’
        • ‘But by now you will all have gotten those dreaded results and you will know that it is not, in fact, the end of the world at all.’
        • ‘It's not the end of the world if everything doesn't work out to your expectations.’
        • ‘It's not the end of the world, it only really matters if I apply to grad school.’
        • ‘A defeat on January 12, while not spelling the end of the world, would hardly do morale all that much good.’
        • ‘She learned that it wasn't the end of the world to try really hard to achieve something and then not win.’
        • ‘Go back to read the Hansard report from 1954 when commercial television was being launched and the view then was that it was the end of the world.’
        • ‘But it is not the end of the world - even though it feels like it right now!’
        • ‘Relax, take a deep breath and remember, it's not the end of the world.’
        • ‘Fear of failure is a bona fide force but, fall just once, and you'll see that failing is not the end of the world.’
        • ‘Suffering from diabetes does not have to mean the end of the world.’
        • ‘So defeat at Spurs last night was not the end of the world.’
        • ‘Lets face it - contrary to the hysteria - missing out on a first-round offer is not the end of the world.’
  • end on

    • 1With the furthest point of an object facing toward one.

      ‘seen end on, their sharp, rocky summits point like arrows’
      1. 1.1With the furthest point of an object touching that of another.
        ‘slim stone tiles had been layered end on with incredible skill’
        • ‘For three blocks the surrounding streets have been closed off except to motorcycles and as far as the eye can see Harleys are parked end on to the curb.’
        edgewise, sidewards, side first, edgeways, end on
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  • end to end

    • In a row with the furthest point of one object touching that of another object.

      • ‘They are planning to surround their school with coins placed end to end.’
      • ‘If all the glass, wine and beer bottles were laid end to end, they would stretch from Ireland to Sri Lanka.’
      • ‘If you laid all your blood vessels out end to end, they would wrap twice around the equator.’
      • ‘Well, imagine laying standard playing cards end to end from New York to San Francisco.’
      • ‘If they had been laid end to end, the trees would measure 12 times the height of Blackpool Tower!’
      • ‘If every Barbie doll ever manufactured were laid end to end, they would circle the earth three and a half times.’
      • ‘Once he has reached that figure he will begin laying the coins end to end to try and form the longest line of pennies ever.’
      • ‘Pipes often need to be connected end to end to reach from one roadside to the other.’
  • in the end

    • Eventually or on reflection.

      ‘in the end, I saw that she was right’
      • ‘Moralising on the basis of hurricanes and storm surges is not going to help anybody in the end.’
      • ‘I know there will be a couple of grumbles along the way but, in the end, they would be happy.’
      • ‘What is a challenge worth when there is no prize in the end to make up for the travails?’
      • ‘My Dad stayed behind in the end as they didn't think I was fit enough to be left alone.’
      • ‘They would either have to let me go in the end and face doing time in jail if they were caught or they would have to kill me.’
      • ‘He rang the county clerk's office to sort out the error, and was able to vote in the end.’
      • ‘I think we got it right in the end, but it'll be a surprise tomorrow to see what happens.’
      • ‘It may cost a little more to do it that way but in the end their passengers would think better of them for it.’
      • ‘The walls are now the wrong shade of white. this is the sort of thing which drives you mad in the end.’
      • ‘We shouldn't have had to go five times to the well, but we got our reward in the end.’
      • ‘We lost heavily in the end, but it never looked like it was going to happen that way.’
      • ‘He has got there in the end, even if the work he has put in has been free labour.’
      • ‘So, in the end, we gave her an old football, and she soon grew to love it like a special friend.’
      • ‘I struggle on a while longer, deciding in the end to leave this tough job to the experts.’
      • ‘Young men are like that, but it helps with the preservation of the species, in the end.’
      • ‘I wasn't keen on the first part of the gas mask story, but it all worked out in the end.’
      • ‘This film will make you laugh and make you cry and fall in love and feel good in the end.’
      • ‘The plot is basically about unrequited love and the boy ending up with the right girl in the end.’
      eventually, in the end, in the long run, at length, finally, sooner or later, in time, in the fullness of time, after some time, in the final analysis, when all is said and done, one day, some day, sometime, at last, at long last
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  • keep (or hold) one's end up

    • informal Perform well in a difficult or competitive situation.

      • ‘The girls keep their end up but are really in a different league.’
      • ‘You have to be able to keep your end up in an argument and show that your position is consistent.’
      • ‘‘At least I'm prepared to consider the odd risk here and there,’ she argued, more to keep her end up than with any conviction.’
      • ‘He held his end up gracefully, and even more kudos to him for being able to flirt in a foreign language.’
      • ‘The youngster held his end up in the tight exchanges and after scoring the first try he actually side-stepped a winger to score another in the second half.’
      • ‘It's hard for guys to step into a team and he's still naive when it comes to calls and knowing our players but he's held his end up competently.’
      • ‘I can certainly keep my end up in the school choir, which I love.’
      • ‘This was a most enjoyable and rewarding experience and I think with the usual Kiwi exuberance we were able ‘to hold our end up’ quite well.’
      manage, survive, subsist, look after oneself, fend for oneself, shift for oneself, stand on one's own two feet, carry on, get through, get on, get along, get by, muddle through, muddle along, scrape by, bear up, make the grade, come through, hold one's own, keep one's end up, keep one's head above water, keep the wolf from the door, weather the storm
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  • make an end of

    • Cause (someone or something) to stop existing.

      • ‘Finally, we must reject supernatural explanations for the practical and simple reason that they make an end of science instead of advancing it.’
      • ‘The English spectators, respecting his determination to make an end of himself, stood politely by and let him drown.’
      • ‘One day the brothers who had been driven out came together, killed and devoured their father and so made an end of the patriarchal horde.’
      • ‘As Daniel says - He has made an end of sin and finished transgression.’
      • ‘In the meantime, however, the time has come for us to make an end of him, and it is for that reason I requested you to visit me tonight.’
      • ‘He did not want to see her suffer, and, thinking that it would be more merciful to make an end of her, he went into the kitchen to fetch his skinning knife.’
      • ‘The task which is posed by history is not to support one part of the imperialist system against another but to make an end of the system as a whole…’
      • ‘She answered, ‘I forgive you with all my heart, for I hope you shall make an end of my troubles.’’
  • make (both) ends meet

    • Earn enough money to live without getting into debt.

      • ‘They have been put up by people desperate to make some extra money in order to make ends meet.’
      • ‘By doing some casual work, like designing computer software, he has managed to make both ends meet and has enough left over to invest in his bicycle journeys.’
      • ‘In the initial stages, the salary offered would not be enough to make both ends meet.’
      • ‘As the majority of my salary was swallowed up by my obsession, I ended up borrowing a lot of money to make ends meet.’
      • ‘Life was hard, he said, but he managed to make ends meet.’
      • ‘She said that £190 a week was simply not enough to make ends meet living in the capital.’
      • ‘The reduction of overtime will also hit staff, many of whom are in debt and rely on the extra money to make ends meet.’
      • ‘This will lead to loss of trade to the shopkeepers who are all having a hard enough time to make ends meet as it is.’
      • ‘Some want to make enough money to make ends meet; others want money for extras or just a way to stay busy.’
      • ‘Liz and Nick were always out to work but they barely had enough money to make ends meet.’
      manage, cope, get by, survive, exist, subsist, muddle along, muddle through, scrape along, scrape by, scrape through, get along, make do, barely have enough to live on, scarcely have enough to live on, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, scrimp, scrape a living
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  • never (or not) hear the end of

    • Be continually reminded of (an unpleasant topic or cause of annoyance).

      • ‘I didn't hear the end of that one for a long, long time.’
      • ‘If everything I say is analysed to such an extent we'd never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘You know this means we'll never hear the end of it from him.’
      • ‘Man, don't tell anyone about that or I'll never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘If she knew you were doing this you'd never hear the end of it’
      • ‘‘You put a photo of him in the paper and we'll never hear the end of it,’ they warned.’
      • ‘My goodness we didn't hear the end of that one for months.’
      • ‘Just let him play with us or you'll never hear the end of it!’
      • ‘I don't want to take the light away from her or else I'll never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘I had a feeling I would never hear the end of this one.’
      • ‘Don't use the word ‘rat’ as an uncomplimentary epithet around Jane, or you'll never hear the end of it.’
      • ‘When everyone else finds out I am pregnant I will never hear the end of it.’
  • no end

    • informal To a great extent; very much.

      ‘this cheered me up no end’
      • ‘It pleased me no end, trying to make amends for many years of imposed suppression.’
      • ‘That cheered me up no end and the round of applause after that was mentioned went on for minutes!’
      • ‘You know how it is when you suddenly become aware of some part of yourself, and it bothers you no end?’
      • ‘That cheers me up no end knowing that in four weeks the depression will melt away.’
      • ‘His daughters have come from abroad to see him and he has brightened up no end!’
      • ‘And I was shown a picture of the Other Half in knee socks, which cheered me up no end.’
      • ‘They showed remarkable fight on Sunday last, never gave up and this game will help them no end.’
      • ‘We're hoping to get a bit of gardening in tomorrow and, if so, the fresh air and gentle exercise will buck me up no end.’
  • no end of

    • informal A vast number or amount of (something)

      ‘we shared no end of good times’
      • ‘Election fever is gripping the area, with no end of opinion polls every day.’
      • ‘It's a question with a long history and no end of long answers.’
      • ‘My current housemate has no end of casual tricks.’
      • ‘She apparently suffers no end of teasing on account of it.’
      • ‘But it will have done no end of harm to his reputation.’
      • ‘This has done no end of good for the studio's profitability.’
      • ‘All this adds up to no end of bureaucracy and delay.’
      • ‘It's expensive, it's unrewarding, and we'll get no end of criticism for doing what must be done.’
      • ‘This has caused no end of problems with the central government.’
      • ‘Michael provided us with no end of entertainment.’
      countless, innumerable, untold, legion, numberless, unnumbered, numerous, very many, manifold, multitudinous, multifarious
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  • on end

    • 1Continuing without stopping for a specified period of time.

      ‘sometimes they'll be gone for days on end’
      • ‘It's just one of those silly rituals or in-jokes you tend to get when you have a group of men together on tour for weeks on end.’
      • ‘Sonic would keep me occupied for hours on end.’
      • ‘Sometimes their legs are tied together for years on end in the misguided hope that this will heal them.’
      • ‘The Cochin Port Trust continued to maintain the steel structure for years on end.’
      in succession, in a row, at a time, successively, consecutively, running, straight, on end, one after the other, continuously, without a break, without interruption
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    • 2In an upright position.

      ‘he brushed his hair, leaving a tuft standing on end’
      • ‘If you are outside in a lightning storm, you may notice that your hair starts to stand on end.’
      • ‘The chord and respective melody movements are so genuinely perfect that they could make the hairs on your neck stand on end.’
      • ‘Linda's hair was messed up and Aaron's auburn hair was standing straight on end.’
      • ‘The other kind of trailer is the one that knocks your socks off, stands your hair on end, sears the retina and leaves you gasping.’
      • ‘Oh, and needless to say, Ronnie Spector is a complete goddess whose voice can make the hairs on the back of one's neck stand on end.’
      • ‘Suzanne's hair stood on end and her eyes bulged with a maniacal glee.’
      • ‘The thought of spending thirty days in a glass tank with up to 2700 of them was enough to set my hair on end.’
      upright, erect, perpendicular, plumb, straight, straight up and down, on end, standing, upstanding, bolt upright, upended
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  • put an end to

    • Cause someone or something to stop existing.

      ‘injury put an end to his career’
      • ‘This will put an end to the agonising wait at the bus stop for the harried commuter.’
      • ‘Amanda opened her mouth to say something but I put an end to that by throwing a salt shaker at her.’
      • ‘They set up housekeeping in a vacant lot, but a farmer with his tractor soon puts an end to that.’
      • ‘He tried to freeze wages but the high court put an end to that the same day with a very quick ruling.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, Hancock was too close to him to avoid a collision and he hit a wall, putting an end to his race before it had begun.’
      • ‘Predictably, the tree caught fire, putting an end to any more time-saving innovations.’
      • ‘When an injury to her knee put an end to her dancing, Riefenstahl switched to skiing.’
      • ‘This deal puts an end to three years of circus.’
      • ‘One judge finally puts an end to two disputed elections’
      • ‘But a new project, launched in Bexley in September, aims to put an end to all that.’
      • ‘And I want to be generation that puts an end to that.’
      • ‘A Government inspector has finally backed a controversial road scheme, putting an end to five years of debate and acrimonious protests.’
      destroy, kill, bring to an end, be the end of, end, extinguish, dash, quell, quash, ruin, wreck, shatter, smash, crush, scotch
      abolish, do away with, get rid of, scrap, end, stop, terminate, eradicate, eliminate, exterminate, destroy, annihilate, stamp out, obliterate, wipe out, extinguish, quash, expunge, extirpate
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  • a — to end all —s

    • informal Used to emphasize how impressive or successful something is of its kind.

      ‘it was a party to end all parties’
  • without end

    • Without a limit or boundary.

      ‘a war without end’
      • ‘The appalling realities seem to continue without end.’
      • ‘It has three times reduced taxes - mostly on the rich - careening the federal budget from a surplus to a deficit without end.’
      • ‘No other land is in sight, only an ocean without end.’
      • ‘Sadly, the Fire Brigades Union seem to have talked, and walked, themselves into a series of strikes without end.’
      • ‘But war without end is not a policy; it's asking for trouble.’
      • ‘We will be marching and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy.’
      • ‘In the context of ‘a war on terrorism,’ which is a war without end, there is no enemy combatant per se, and it makes everything even heavier.’
      • ‘There is noise, disturbance, pollution, and traffic without end - a habitat that only Homo sapiens can endure.’
      • ‘The words it spoke were without beginning and without end, an eternal toll.’
      • ‘And to find it, you need love and courage without end.’
      • ‘But work without end spells less time for study.’
      unlimited, limitless, infinite, inexhaustible, boundless, unbounded, untold, immeasurable, measureless, incalculable, inestimable
      continuous, unbroken, uninterrupted, never-ending, without end, non-stop
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

end

/end//ɛnd/