ending

[ en-ding ]
/ ˈɛn dɪŋ /

noun

a bringing or coming to an end; termination; close: Putting away the Christmas ornaments marked the ending of the season.
the final or concluding part; conclusion: a story with a happy ending.
death; destruction.
Grammar. a morpheme, especially an inflection, at the end of a word, as -s in cuts.
(not in technical use) any final word part, as the -ow of widow.

Origin of ending

before 1000; Middle English endyng, Old English endung. See end1, -ing1
Related formsun·end·ing, adjectiveun·end·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for ending (2 of 3)

Origin of end

1
before 900; Middle English, Old English ende; cognate with Old Frisian enda, Middle Dutch e(i)nde, Old Saxon endi, Old High German anti, G Ende, Old Norse endi(r), Gothic andeis end < Germanic *anthjá-; akin to Sanskrit ánta- end
Related formsend·er, noun

Synonym study

5. End, close, conclusion, finish, outcome refer to the termination of something. End implies a natural termination or completion, or an attainment of purpose: the end of a day, of a race; to some good end. Close often implies a planned rounding off of something in process: the close of a conference. Conclusion suggests a decision or arrangement: All evidence leads to this conclusion; the conclusion of peace terms. Finish emphasizes completion of something begun: a fight to the finish. Outcome suggests the issue of something that was in doubt: the outcome of a game. 7. See aim.

Definition for ending (3 of 3)

end

2
[ end ]
/ ɛnd /

verb (used with object) British Dialect.

to put wheat, hay, or other grain into a stack or barn.

Origin of end

2
1600–10; perhaps variant of dial. in to harvest (Old English innian to lodge, put up). See inn
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British Dictionary definitions for ending (1 of 3)

ending

/ (ˈɛndɪŋ) /

noun

the act of bringing to or reaching an end
the last part of something, as a book, film, etc
the final part of a word, esp a suffix
chess another word for endgame

British Dictionary definitions for ending (2 of 3)

end

1
/ (ɛnd) /

noun


verb

See also end up
Derived Formsender, noun

Word Origin for end

Old English ende; related to Old Norse endir, Gothic andeis, Old High German endi, Latin antiae forelocks, Sanskrit antya last

British Dictionary definitions for ending (3 of 3)

end

2
/ (ɛnd) /

verb

(tr) British to put (hay or grain) into a barn or stack

Word Origin for end

Old English innian; related to Old High German innōn; see inn
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Idioms and Phrases with ending

end

In addition to the idioms beginning with end

  • end game
  • end in itself
  • end justifies the means, the
  • end of one's rope, at the
  • end of the line
  • end run
  • ends of the earth, the
  • end to end
  • end up

also see:

  • all's well that ends well
  • at loose ends
  • at one's wit's end
  • be-all and end-all
  • beginning of the end
  • bitter end
  • burn the candle at both ends
  • can't see beyond the end of one's nose
  • come to an end
  • dead end
  • go off the deep end
  • hair stand on end
  • hold one's end up
  • in the end
  • light at the end of the tunnel
  • make ends meet
  • never hear the end of
  • odds and ends
  • on end
  • on the receiving end
  • play both ends against the middle
  • put an end to
  • rear end
  • short end (of the stick)
  • tail end
  • wrong end of the stick

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