- end1 W1S1 [end] n▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(last part)¦2¦(finished)¦3¦(long object)¦4¦(tip/point)¦5¦(scale)¦6¦(connection)¦7¦(remaining piece)¦8¦(aim)¦9¦(part of an activity)¦10¦(sport)¦11¦(death)¦12 at the end of the day13 for days/weeks etc on end14 in the end15 end of story16 the end of your tether/rope17 the end of the road/line18 make ends meet19 it's not the end of the world20 hold/keep your end up21 no end22 no end of trouble/problems etc23 the living end24 go to the ends of the earth25 to the end of time▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: ende]1.) ¦(LAST PART)¦ [singular]the last part of a period of time, event, activity, or story▪ Costs are expected to double by the end of 2005.at the end▪ What would she find at the end of her journey?▪ Hooker's death marked the end of an era .▪ I played the tape from beginning to end .2.) ¦(FINISHED)¦ [singular]a situation in which something is finished or no longer existsput/bring an end to sth▪ It's hoped the talks may bring an end to the violence.call for/demand an end to sth▪ The EU is demanding an end to the ivory trade.▪ At last it seemed the war might be coming to an end .▪ The spacecraft is nearing the end of its useful life .be at an end▪ He rose to indicate that the conversation was at an end.▪ Well, I hope that's the end of the matter .▪ Another year has passed, with no end in sight to the suffering.3.) ¦(LONG OBJECT)¦the part of a place or long object that is furthest from its beginning or centreend of▪ Jo joined the end of the line.▪ We sat at opposite ends of the table.▪ the far end (=furthest from you) of the room▪ The channel measures 20 feet from end to end .stand/place sth on end(=in an upright position)▪ Harry stood the box on end to open it.lay/place sth end to end(=in a line, with the ends touching)▪ bricks laid end to end4.) ¦(TIP/POINT)¦the thin part of something long or narrow, that is furthest from you= ↑tip end of▪ The end of the pencil snapped.▪ He lost the end of his finger.▪ He wore spectacles perched on the very end of his nose.5.) ¦(SCALE)¦ [C usually singular]one of the two points that begin or end a scalelower/cheaper etc end▪ the cheaper end of the price range▪ At the opposite end of the political spectrum are the Marxist theories.▪ Some teenagers are just a nuisance, but at the other end of the scale there are kids who pose a real threat.6.) ¦(CONNECTION)¦ [C usually singular]one of two places that are connected by a telephone call, journey etcthe end of the phone/line▪ Sometimes, all you need is a calm voice on the end of the phone.▪ We'll get a bus connection at the other end .▪ Any problems at your end (=where you are) ?7.) ¦(REMAINING PIECE)¦ especially BrE a small piece of something that is left after you have finished with it▪ cigarette ends8.) ¦(AIM)¦ [usually plural]an aim or purpose, or the result you hope to achievepolitical/military etc ends▪ 40% of all research is undertaken for military ends.▪ She'll do anything to achieve her own ends .▪ Every task has a clear end in view .to that endformal▪ He wants to cut costs, and to that end is looking at ways of cutting the company's operations.an end in itself(=something you do because you want to, not in order to get other advantages)▪ IT is a tool for learning, not merely an end in itself.the end justifies the means(=used to say that doing bad things is acceptable if they achieve an important result)9.) ¦(PART OF AN ACTIVITY)¦ [singular] informalpart of a job, activity, or situation that involves or affects one person or group of people▪ She works in the sales end of things.10.)¦(SPORT)¦one of the two halves of a sports field11.) ¦(DEATH)¦ [C usually singular]a word meaning death - used to avoid saying this directly▪ He met his end (=died) in a car accident.12.) at the end of the dayspoken used to give your final opinion after considering all the possibilities▪ At the end of the day, it's his decision.13.) for days/weeks etc on endfor many days, weeks etc without stopping▪ He was beaten and denied sleep for days on end.14.) in the endafter a period of time, or after everything has been done▪ What did you decide in the end?see usage note ↑lastly15.) end of storyspoken informal used to avoid saying any more about a subject that is embarrassing or secret▪ I tripped and hurt my arm. That's it - end of story.16.) the end of your tether/ropethe point at which you are so angry and tired of a situation that you can no longer deal with it▪ Frustrated and bitter, Hogan had reached the end of his tether with politics.17.) the end of the road/linethe end of a process, activity, or state▪ Our marriage had reached the end of the line .18.) make ends meetto have only just enough money to buy the things you need▪ When Mike lost his job, we could barely make ends meet.19.) it's not the end of the worldspoken used to tell someone that a problem is not as bad as they think20.) hold/keep your end upBrE informal to stay brave and hopeful in a difficult situation21.) no endspoken informal very much▪ Your letter cheered me up no end.22.) no end of trouble/problems etcspoken informal a lot of trouble etc▪ This will cause no end of trouble.23.) the living endAmE spoken used as an expression of slight disapproval - often used humorously▪ What will she do next? She's the living end!24.) go to the ends of the earthliterary to do everything possible to achieve something▪ I'd go to the ends of the earth to be with him.25.) to the end of timeliterary forever→↑dead end→be-all and end all at ↑be2 (15)→to the bitter end at ↑bitter1 (6)→burn the candle at both ends at ↑burn1 (19)→jump/be thrown in at the deep end at ↑deep1 (17)→go off at the deep end at ↑deep1 (18)→be at a loose end at ↑loose1 (14)→make sb's hair stand on end at ↑hair→be on/at the receiving end (of sth) at ↑receive→be on the sharp end of at ↑sharp1 (19)→come to a sticky end at ↑sticky→the tail end of sth at ↑tail1 (6)→at your wits' end at ↑wit→get the wrong end of the stick at ↑wrong1 (15)end 2end2 W1S1 v1.) [I and T]if a situation or activity ends, or if someone or something ends it, it finishes or stops▪ World War II ended in 1945.▪ talks aimed at ending the conflictend by doing sth▪ I'd like to end by inviting questions from the audience.end with▪ The festival will end with a spectacular laser show.2.) [T] literaryto spend the last part of your life in a particular place or doing a particular thing▪ He ended his days in prison.▪ She seemed destined to end her days living alone.3.) end your life/end it allto kill yourself4.) the ... to end all ...used to describe something that is the best, most important, or most exciting of its kind▪ the movie with the car chase to end all car chases5.) the year/week etc ending sthused to refer to the year etc that ends on a particular date▪ the financial results for the year ending 31 Dec 2001end in [end in sth] phr v1.) to finish in a particular way▪ One in three marriages ends in divorce.2.) it'll (all) end in tearsBrE spoken used to say that something will have a bad result or not be successfulend up phr vto be in a particular situation, state, or place after a series of events, especially when you did not plan it▪ He came round for a coffee and we ended up in bed together.▪ I wondered where the pictures would end up after the auction.end up doing sth▪ Most slimmers end up putting weight back on.end up with▪ Anyone who swims in the river could end up with a nasty stomach upset.end up as▪ He could end up as President.end up like▪ I don't want to end up like my parents.
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.