end - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    the final part of a period of time
    at the end of something:

    You’re going on holiday at the end of this month, aren’t you?

    by the end of something:

    The work should be completed by the end of the year.

    the very end:

    It was only at the very end of the 19th century that this practice was abolished.

    1. a.
      the final part of something such as a book, film, or piece of music

      You don’t really know what it’s all about until the end.

    2. b.
      the time when a situation, event, or series of events stops

      Are you going to stay till the end of the game?

      This agreement could mean the end of the nuclear threat.

      at the end of something:

      At the end of the war the government made many promises for a better future.

      the end of the world:

      Astrologers have been predicting the end of the world ever since the Middle Ages.

      an end to something:

      We want to put an end to discrimination.

      no end in sight to something (=something seems likely to continue):

      There is still no end in sight to the slaughter and the suffering.

  2. 2
    the place that is furthest away from the centre of a long area or object

    She jumped in the pool at the deep end.

    Take hold of both ends of the rope.

    at the end of something:

    The only door was situated at the end of the corridor.

    the far end:

    They live at the far end of our street.

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  3. 3
    [usually plural] formal the reason for a particular action or the result you want to achieve

    He could have achieved his ends by peaceful means.

    for political/commercial etc ends:

    The government manipulates economic data for political ends.

    for his/her/their etc own ends:

    She used people for her own ends.

  4. 4
    informal the part that you have in an activity or situation

    From our end the situation looks pretty suspicious.

    Kate is more involved in the research end of things.

    someone’s end of the bargain/deal/conversation:

    I’ve kept my end of the bargain (=done what I promised), but he hasn’t kept his.

  5. 5
    one of two places connected by a telephone conversation, letter, or journey
    at the other end:

    I’ll be there to pick you up in the car at the other end.

    on the end of something:

    They kept me waiting on the end of the line all afternoon.

    at this/my end:

    It sounds a bit crackly at this end.

  6. 6
    literary someone’s death

    a peaceful end

  7. 7
    used in the names of some districts of cities

    I was brought up in the East End of London.

  8.   From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    come/lead to good ends to end purposefully, to work to good advantageSubmitted by Prakash Chandra Patel from India on 04/10/2016