end1 W1S1 [end] n
1¦(last part)¦
3¦(long object)¦
7¦(remaining piece)¦
9¦(part of an activity)¦
12 at the end of the day
13 for days/weeks etc on end
14 in the end
15 end of story
16 the end of your tether/rope
17 the end of the road/line
18 make ends meet
19 it's not the end of the world
20 hold/keep your end up
21 no end
22 no end of trouble/problems etc
23 the living end
24 go to the ends of the earth
25 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
≠ ↑beginning, start ↑start end of
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 exists
put/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.
the part of a place or long object that is furthest from its beginning or centre
end 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 end
4.) ¦(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 scale
lower/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 etc
the 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 ends
8.) ¦(AIM)¦ [usually plural]
an aim or purpose, or the result you hope to achieve
political/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 end
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] informal
part of a job, activity, or situation that involves or affects one person or group of people
She works in the sales end of things.
one of the two halves of a sports field
11.) ¦(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 day
spoken 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 end
for many days, weeks etc without stopping
He was beaten and denied sleep for days on end.
14.) in the end
after a period of time, or after everything has been done
What did you decide in the end?
see usage notelastly
15.) end of story
spoken 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/rope
the 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/line
the end of a process, activity, or state
Our marriage had reached the end of the line .
18.) make ends meet
to 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 world
spoken used to tell someone that a problem is not as bad as they think
20.) hold/keep your end up
BrE informal to stay brave and hopeful in a difficult situation
21.) no end
spoken informal very much
Your letter cheered me up no end.
22.) no end of trouble/problems etc
spoken informal a lot of trouble etc
This will cause no end of trouble.
23.) the living end
AmE 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 earth
literary 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 time
literary forever
→↑dead end
be-all and end all atbe2 (15)
to the bitter end atbitter1 (6)
burn the candle at both ends atburn1 (19)
jump/be thrown in at the deep end atdeep1 (17)
go off at the deep end atdeep1 (18)
be at a loose end atloose1 (14)
make sb's hair stand on end athair
be on/at the receiving end (of sth) atreceive
be on the sharp end of atsharp1 (19)
come to a sticky end atsticky
the tail end of sth attail1 (6)
at your wits' end atwit
get the wrong end of the stick atwrong1 (15)
end 2
end2 W1S1 v
1.) [I and T]
if a situation or activity ends, or if someone or something ends it, it finishes or stops
≠ ↑start, begin ↑begin
World War II ended in 1945.
talks aimed at ending the conflict
end 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] literary
to 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 all
to kill yourself
4.) 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 chases
5.) the year/week etc ending sth
used to refer to the year etc that ends on a particular date
the financial results for the year ending 31 Dec 2001
end in [end in sth] phr v
1.) to finish in a particular way
One in three marriages ends in divorce.
2.) it'll (all) end in tears
BrE spoken used to say that something will have a bad result or not be successful
end up phr v
to 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.

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