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OTHER WORDS FROM endingun·end·ing, adjectiveun·end·ing·ly, adverb
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What is an ending?
An ending is a conclusion, as in I like stories with a happy ending.
An ending is also a time when something is finishing or nearing completion, as in I’m ending my school career with all As.
An ending is the opposite of a beginning and is used to mean the conclusion of something. Movies have endings. So do civilizations, like the Roman Empire. We even sometimes refer to a person’s death as an ending. Endings and the reasons or events surrounding them are often intensely studied or debated.
Example: I liked the book until the terrible ending where the villain won in the last chapter.
Where does ending come from?
The first records of the term ending come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English endung. Ending combines the verb end, meaning “to finalize or complete,” and the suffix -ing, which turns a verb into a noun that expresses action. An ending is the point at which something is performing a last action or when something is reaching its finish.
Ending is the final moments or period of time when something is finishing. For example, the last inning of a baseball game is the game’s ending. An ending can be long or short. It is sometimes unclear when an ending begins, such as with empires or kingdoms that last hundreds or thousands of years.
Ending is sometimes used to mean “end,” but the two words mean slightly different things. Typically, an end is the exact point at which something is over, while an ending can be a longer period of time during which something is concluding.
For example, when someone says “the end of a book” they usually mean the final chapter or final paragraph. However, the ending of a book could mean several chapters, depending on how long the conclusion takes.
This is the reason that we say “the end of the road” when we mean the point where the road stops.
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What are some other forms related to ending?
- unending (adjective)
- unendingly (adverb)
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How is ending used in real life?
Ending is an extremely common word that refers to the time that something is concluding or finishing.
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that 800 years is pretty important. i'd say the time of the ending of the roman empire is a pretty damn important part of history
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Try using ending!
Which of the following is most likely to contain the ending of a novel?
A. the first chapter
B. the middle chapters
C. the last chapter
Example sentences from the Web for ending
It was a flat ending to a nine-play, 70-yard drive, during which Tampa Bay quarterback Tom Brady hit wide receiver Mike Evans for 31 yards.Super Bowl highlights: Bucs celebrate championship, Tom Brady wins MVP|Des Bieler, Mark Maske, Chuck Culpepper|February 8, 2021|Washington Post
The extended cut was originally released after BioWare faced backlash for the controversy surrounding the game’s endings, which players felt did not reflect their in-game choices up until that point.Everything we know about ‘Mass Effect: Legendary Edition’: No multiplayer, ‘Mass Effect 1’ changes|Elise Favis|February 2, 2021|Washington Post
As I sat for hour after hour, trying to put words to these experiences, I struggled with the fact that there was no ending.
While there is much to enjoy in “The Rib King,” the ending goes off the rails a bit, with too many minor characters and plot points introduced too swiftly.Ladee Hubbard’s ‘The Rib King’ is a fascinating look at ambition, race and revenge|Naomi Jackson|January 21, 2021|Washington Post
The ending was particularly painful, but the ride was electric.Ranking Washington football seasons in the Daniel Snyder era from least to most fun|Scott Allen|January 14, 2021|Washington Post
For many years afterward it was a never-ending topic of conversation, and is more or less talked of even to this day.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And more than that—the world is ending because of the changes that many of us see as positive.
The blast was so strong,” he said, “we thought the world was ending.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Why is the ‘Kroll Show’ ending its hilarious run after only three seasons?
Later, as I was writing the book, I discovered the power of another reason for ending my book, basically, in 1978.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America|David Yaffe, Scott Saul|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
My station was on the right of the line, where the breastwork, ending in a redoubt, was steep and high.
Certainly there are no five miles equal in rugged grandeur to those beginning just below and ending above West Point.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
In the operations ending in Ulm the second corps formed part of the left wing.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
From an active state of resistance the ego traversed a descending curve ending in absolute passivity.Dope|Sax Rohmer
This is the proper ending to every demand for an encore in “Le Grillon,” and it never fails to bring one.The Real Latin Quarter|F. Berkeley Smith