Nearby words

  1. encyclopedic,
  2. encyclopedism,
  3. encyclopedist,
  4. encyst,
  5. encysted calculus,
  6. end around,
  7. end artery,
  8. end brush,
  9. end bud,
  10. end bulb


Origin of end

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for make ends meet




the extremity of the length of something, such as a road, line, etc
the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object
the extreme extent, limit, or degree of something
the most distant place or time that can be imaginedthe ends of the earth
the time at which something is concluded
  1. the last section or part
  2. (as modifier)the end office Related adjectives: final, terminal, ultimate
a share or parthis end of the bargain
(often plural) a remnant or fragment (esp in the phrase odds and ends)
a final state, esp death; destruction
the purpose of an action or existence
sport either of the two defended areas of a playing field, rink, etc
bowls curling a section of play from one side of the rink to the other
American football a player at the extremity of the playing line; wing
all ends up totally or completely
a sticky end informal, US and Canadian an unpleasant death
at a loose end or US and Canadian at loose ends without purpose or occupation
at an end exhausted or completed
at the end of the day See day (def. 10)
come to an end to become completed or exhausted
end on
  1. with the end pointing towards one
  2. with the end adjacent to the end of another object
go off the deep end informal to lose one's temper; react angrily
get one's end away slang to have sexual intercourse
in the end finally
keep one's end up
  1. to sustain one's part in a joint enterprise
  2. to hold one's own in an argument, contest, etc
make ends meet or make both ends meet to spend no more than the money one has
no end or no end of informal (intensifier)I had no end of work
on end
  1. upright
  2. without pause or interruption
the end informal
  1. the worst, esp something that goes beyond the limits of endurance
  2. mainly USthe best in quality
the end of the road the point beyond which survival or continuation is impossible
throw someone in at the deep end to put someone into a new situation, job, etc, without preparation or introduction


to bring or come to a finish; conclude
to die or cause to die
(tr) to surpass; outdoa novel to end all novels
end it all informal to commit suicide
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




(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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Word Origin and History for make ends meet
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Culture definitions for make ends meet

make ends meet

To earn enough income to provide for basic needs: “The workers complained that on their present wages they could hardly make ends meet, let alone enjoy any luxuries.”

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Idioms and Phrases with make ends meet

make ends meet

Manage so that one's financial means are enough for one's needs, as in On that salary Enid had trouble making ends meet. This expression originated as make both ends meet, a translation from the French joindre les deux bouts (by John Clarke, 1639). The ends, it is assumed, allude to the sum total of income and expenditures. However, naval surgeon and novelist Tobias Smollett had it as “make the two ends of the year meet” (Roderick Random, 1748), thought to go back to the common practice of splicing rope ends together in order to cut shipboard expenses.


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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