The end of something is its final point or farthest edge. After your cat unwinds a ball of yarn, you may find one end of it in your kitchen and the other end upstairs in the bathroom.

A piece of string has two ends, while stories, races, and years have just one end each. When you buy a length of fabric, the leftover bit is an end, and the final point of almost anything — a play or a marriage — is also an end. When you end something, you make it conclude. In football, an "end zone" is the far side of the field, and a "defensive end" is a player near the sideline.

Primary Meanings of end

either extremity of something that has length
the point in time at which something ends
have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
a final part or section
be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
(football) the person who plays at one end of the line of scrimmage
Full Definitions of end

n 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”
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bitter end
(nautical) the inboard end of a line or cable especially the end that is wound around a bitt
the upper end of a bitt
the lower end of a ship's mast
sharp end
magnetic pole, pole
one of the two ends of a magnet where the magnetism seems to be concentrated
the end of the completed track on an unfinished railway
either end of a railroad or bus route
either end of the yard of a square-rigged ship
nerve end, nerve ending
the terminal structure of an axon that does not end at a synapse
either (free) end of a eukaryotic chromosome
one of the crusty ends of a loaf of bread
end point, endpoint, termination, terminus
a place where something ends or is complete
destination, finish, goal
the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
the extreme end of something; especially something pointed
the pointed head or striking tip of an arrow
a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
the pointed part of barbed wire
point formed by two intersecting arcs (as from the intrados of a Gothic arch)
diamond point
a very hard small point made from a diamond
negative magnetic pole, negative pole, south-seeking pole
the pole of a magnet that points toward the south when the magnet is suspended freely
nib, pen nib
the writing point of a pen
a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)
the sharp point of a pin
north-seeking pole, positive magnetic pole, positive pole
the pole of a magnet that points toward the north when the magnet is suspended freely
spear-point, spearhead, spearpoint
the head and sharpened point of a spear
each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves)
free nerve ending
microscopic sensory nerve endings in the skin that are not connected to any specific sensory receptor
Pacinian corpuscle
a specialized bulblike nerve ending located in the subcutaneous tissue of the skin; occurs abundantly in the skin of palms and soles and joints and genitals
special nerve endings in the muscles and tendons and other organs that respond to stimuli regarding the position and movement of the body
the end (tip) of a finger
the tip of a toe
finish line, finishing line
a line indicating the location of the finish of a race
a beaklike, tapering tip on certain plant structures
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the outermost or farthest region or point

n a boundary marking the extremities of something

“the end of town”
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bound, boundary, bounds
the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

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

“one end of the box was marked `This side up'”
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the extended two-dimensional outer boundary of a three-dimensional object

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

oddment, remainder, remnant
fag end
the frayed end of a length of cloth or rope
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piece of cloth, piece of material
a separate part consisting of fabric

n 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”
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place, spot, topographic point
a point located with respect to surface features of some region

n the part you are expected to play

“he held up his end
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contribution, part, share
the part played by a person in bringing about a result

n the point in time at which something ends

“the end of the year”
beginning, commencement, first, get-go, kickoff, offset, outset, showtime, start, starting time
the time at which something is supposed to begin
time between the beginning and the end of a temporal period
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death, last
the time at which life ends; continuing until dead
death, demise, dying
the time when something ends
the end or completion of something
the end of a calendar year
close, conclusion, finale, finis, finish, last, stopping point
the temporal end; the concluding time
(`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end
fag end, tail, tail end
the time of the last part of something
last gasp
the point of death or exhaustion or completion
expiration, expiry, termination
a coming to an end of a contract period
limit, terminal point, terminus ad quem
final or latest limiting point
death of a person
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point, point in time
an instant of time

n the concluding parts of an event or occurrence

“the end was exciting”
final stage, last
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end game, endgame
the final stages of a chess game after most of the pieces have been removed from the board
end game, endgame
the final stages of an extended process of negotiation
the end of an enterprise
the end of something
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conclusion, ending, finish
event whose occurrence ends something

n a final state

“he came to a bad end
“the so-called glorious experiment came to an inglorious end
death, destruction
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the way something is with respect to its main attributes

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

“My property ends by the bushes”
“The symphony ends in a pianissimo”
cease, finish, stop, terminate
begin, start
have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
begin, start
have a beginning characterized in some specified way
have a beginning, of a temporal event
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pass away
go out of existence
end, at least for a long time
cut out
cease operating
go out
become extinguished
adjourn, break up, recess
close at the end of a session
disappear, vanish
cease to exist
climax, culminate
end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
run out
become used up; be exhausted
go, run low, run short
to be spent or finished
disappear, go away, vanish
become invisible or unnoticeable
close, conclude
come to a close
come out, turn out
result or end
come to or be at an end
come to an end
dematerialise, dematerialize
become immaterial; disappear
crown, top
be the culminating event
go away or disappear
bob under
disappear suddenly, as if under the surface of a body of water
come out in the end
work out
happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well
fizzle, fizzle out, peter out, taper off
end weakly
leave off
come to an end, stop or cease
expire, run out
lose validity

v bring to an end or halt

“She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime”
begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
begin, commence, lead off, start
set in motion, cause to start
begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
have a beginning, of a temporal event
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close out
cause to finish a relationship with somebody
terminate before completion
bring to a head or to the highest point
lift, raise
put an end to
ax, axe
kill, stamp out
end or extinguish by forceful means
break up, dissolve
come to an end
break up, dissolve
bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
break, break off, discontinue, stop
prevent completion
break, interrupt
crush out, extinguish, press out, stub out
extinguish by crushing
finalise, finalize, nail down, settle
make final; put the last touches on; put into final form
complete, finish
come or bring to a finish or an end
closure, cloture
terminate debate by calling for a vote
adjudicate, decide, resolve, settle
bring to an end; settle conclusively
bring to a close
complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement
phase out
terminate gradually
finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)
become fractured
finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead
hold on, stop
stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
break off, break short, cut short
interrupt before its natural or planned end
freeze, suspend
stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it
bog, bog down
get stuck while doing something
top, top off
finish up or conclude
clear up, finish off, finish up, get through, mop up, polish off, wrap up
finish a task completely
see through
remain with until completion
finish out, round out
fill out
carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through
pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
determine the result of (a competition)
decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt
make a break in
conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation
accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
put in effect
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v put an end to

“The terrible news ended our hopes that he had survived”
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destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

n 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”
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aim, object, objective, target
the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
bourn, bourne
an archaic term for a goal or destination
the ultimate goal
destination, terminus
the ultimate goal for which something is done
a nonexistent goal
aim, design, intent, intention, purpose
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions
(usually plural) the goal with respect to a marriage proposal
the object of any prolonged endeavor
idea, mind
your intention; what you intend to do
a contrary aim
final cause
(philosophy) the end or purpose of a thing or process
the purpose of achieving or obtaining
purpose; the phrase `with a view to' means `with the intention of' or `for the purpose of'
a fixed and persistent intent or purpose
an immediate objective
the object of an activity
a special objective
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cognitive content, content, mental object
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

n 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
the first part or section of something
an intermediate part or section
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division, part, section
one of the portions into which something is regarded as divided and which together constitute a whole

n the last section of a communication

close, closing, conclusion, ending
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anticlimax, bathos
a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
epilog, epilogue
a short passage added at the end of a literary work
epilog, epilogue
a short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play
(rhetoric) the concluding section of an oration
coda, finale
the closing section of a musical composition
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section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

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

“This sad scene ended the movie”
cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
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have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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

“the end managed to hold onto the pass”
split end
(football) an offensive end who lines up at a distance from the other linemen
tight end
(football) an offensive end who lines up close to the tackle
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one of the players on the line of scrimmage

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

“no one wanted to play end
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(American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage

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