End Definition

Define what is End?

1. end, terminal (noun)

either extremity of something that has length.

  • the end of the pier.
  • she knotted the end of the thread.
  • they rode to the end of the line.
  • the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix.
Synonyms: terminal

extremity noun
the outermost or farthest region or point.


bitter end noun
(nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt.

bitthead noun
the upper end of a bitt.

heel noun
the lower end of a ship's mast.

point noun
sharp end.

magnetic pole, Pole noun
one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated.

railhead noun
the end of the completed track on an unfinished railway.

terminus noun
either end of a railroad or bus route.

yardarm noun
either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship.

nerve end, nerve ending noun
the terminal structure of an axon that does not end at a synapse.

telomere noun
either (free) end of a eukaryotic chromosome.

heel noun
one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread.

end point, endpoint, terminus, termination noun
a place where something ends or is complete.

destination, goal, finish noun
the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey).

tip noun
the extreme end of something; especially something pointed.

2. end, cease, terminate, finish, stop (verb)

have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical.

  • the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed.
  • Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other.
  • My property ends by the bushes.
  • The symphony ends in a pianissimo.
Synonyms: cease, terminate, finish, stop
Antonyms: Begin, start (verb)

have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense.


pass away verb
go out of existence.

lapse verb
end, at least for a long time.

cut out verb
cease operating.

go out verb
become extinguished.

adjourn, recess, break up verb
close at the end of a session.

disappear, vanish verb
cease to exist.

climax, culminate verb
end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage.

run out verb
become used up; be exhausted.

run low, run short, go verb
to be spent or finished.

disappear, vanish, go away verb
become invisible or unnoticeable.

conclude, close verb
come to a close.

come out, turn out verb
result or end.

discontinue verb
come to or be at an end.

break verb
come to an end.

3. end, ending (noun)

the point in time at which something ends.

  • the end of the year.
  • the ending of warranty period.
Synonyms: ending
Antonyms: middle (noun)

time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period.


point in time, point noun
an instant of time.


last, Death noun
the time at which life ends; continuing until dead.

demise, dying, Death noun
the time when something ends.

period noun
the end or completion of something.

year-end noun
the end of a calendar year.

close, finis, last, stopping point, finale, finish, conclusion noun
the temporal end; the concluding time.

cease noun
(`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end.

fag end, tail end, tail noun
the time of the last part of something.

last gasp noun
the point of death or exhaustion or completion.

expiration, expiry, termination noun
a coming to an end of a contract period.

terminal point, terminus ad quem, limit noun
final or latest limiting point.

4. terminate, end (verb)

bring to an end or halt.

  • She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime.
  • The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I.
Synonyms: terminate
Antonyms: commence, lead off, start, Begin (verb)

set in motion, cause to start.


alter, change, modify verb
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation.


close out verb

finish verb
cause to finish a relationship with somebody.

abort verb
terminate before completion.

culminate verb
bring to a head or to the highest point.

lift, raise verb
put an end to.

ax, axe verb

stamp out, kill verb
end or extinguish by forceful means.

dissolve, break up verb
come to an end.

dissolve, break up verb
bring the association of to an end or cause to break up.

break off, discontinue, stop, break verb
prevent completion.

break, interrupt verb

crush out, press out, stub out, extinguish verb
extinguish by crushing.

finalise, finalize, nail down, settle verb
make final; put the last touches on; put into final form.

complete, finish verb
come or bring to a finish or an end.

closure, cloture verb
terminate debate by calling for a vote.

resolve, adjudicate, decide, settle verb
bring to an end; settle conclusively.

conclude verb
bring to a close.

close verb
complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement.

phase out verb
terminate gradually.

close verb
finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.).

5. final stage, end, last (noun)

the concluding parts of an event or occurrence.

  • the end was exciting.
  • I had to miss the last of the movie.
Synonyms: final stage, last

conclusion, ending, finish noun
event whose occurrence ends something.


end game, endgame noun
the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board.

end game, endgame noun
the final stages of an extended process of negotiation.

homestretch noun
the end of an enterprise.

passing noun
the end of something.

6. end, terminate (verb)

be the end of; be the last or concluding part of.

  • This sad scene ended the movie.
Synonyms: terminate

Be verb
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).


close verb
cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop.

7. end (verb)

put an end to.

  • The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived.

destroy, destruct verb
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of.

8. goal, end (noun)

the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it.

  • the ends justify the means.
Synonyms: goal

cognitive content, mental object, content noun
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned.


objective, aim, object, target noun
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable).

bourn, bourne noun
an archaic term for a goal or destination.

end-all noun
the ultimate goal.

destination, terminus noun
the ultimate goal for which something is done.

no-goal noun
a nonexistent goal.

aim, intent, intention, purpose, design noun
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.

intention noun
(usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal.

9. end (noun)

a final part or section.

  • we have given it at the end of the section since it involves the calculus.
  • Start at the beginning and go on until you come to the end.
Antonyms: middle (noun)

an intermediate part or section.


division, section, part noun
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole.

10. destruction, end, Death (noun)

a final state.

  • he came to a bad end.
  • the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end.
Synonyms: destruction, Death

State noun
the way something is with respect to its main attributes.

11. end (noun)

the surface at either extremity of a three-dimensional object.

  • one end of the box was marked `This side up'.

surface noun
the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object.

12. end (noun)

(football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage.

  • the end managed to hold onto the pass.

lineman noun
one of the players on the line of scrimmage.


split end noun
(football) an offensive end who lines up at a distance from the other linemen.

tight end noun
(football) an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle.

13. end (noun)

a boundary marking the extremities of something.

  • the end of town.

boundary, bounds, bound noun
the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something.

14. end (noun)

one of two places from which people are communicating to each other.

  • the phone rang at the other end.
  • both ends wrote at the same time.

place, spot, topographic point noun
a point located with respect to surface features of some region.

15. end (noun)

the part you are expected to play.

  • he held up his end.

contribution, share, part noun
the part played by a person in bringing about a result.

16. close, closing, ending, conclusion, end (noun)

the last section of a communication.

  • in conclusion I want to say....

section, subdivision noun
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical).


anticlimax, bathos noun
a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one.

epilog, epilogue noun
a short passage added at the end of a literary work.

epilog, epilogue noun
a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play.

peroration noun
(rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration.

coda, finale noun
the closing section of a musical composition.

17. oddment, remnant, remainder, end (noun)

a piece of cloth that is left over after the rest has been used or sold.


    piece of cloth, piece of material noun
    a separate part consisting of fabric.


    fag end noun
    the frayed end of a length of cloth or rope.

    18. end (noun)

    (American football) a position on the line of scrimmage.

    • no one wanted to play end.

    lineman noun
    (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage.

    Nearby Terms

    end game (noun)
    the final stages of an extended process of negotiation

    end man (noun)
    a man at one end of line of performers in a minstrel show; carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor

    end matter (noun)
    written matter following the main text of a book

    end of the world (noun)
    (New Testament) day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all individual humans according to the good and evil of their earthly lives

    end on (adverb)
    with the end forward or toward the observer

    end organ (noun)
    a specialized structure at the peripheral end of some motor or sensory nerve fibers

    end point (noun)
    a place where something ends or is complete

    end product (noun)
    final product; the things produced

    end run (noun)
    (American football) an attempt to advance the ball by running around the end of the line

    end up (verb)
    finally be or do something

    end user (noun)
    the ultimate user for which something is intended

    end-all (noun)
    the ultimate goal

    end-plate (noun)
    the flattened end of a motor neuron that transmits neural impulses to a muscle

    end-rhymed (adjective satellite)
    rhymed on the terminal syllables of the verses

    end-stopped (adjective)
    (verse) having a rhetorical pause at the end of each line