Definitions of ending
  1. noun
    the act of ending something
    synonyms: conclusion, termination
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    the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
    demonetisation, demonetization
    ending something (e.g. gold or silver) as no longer the legal tender of a country
    release, tone ending
    (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
    closing, completion, culmination, mop up, windup
    a concluding action
    withdrawal from your position or occupation
    relinquishing, relinquishment
    the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
    breakup, dissolution
    the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
    the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
    adjournment, dissolution
    the termination of a meeting
    discharge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking
    the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
    destruction, devastation
    the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
    kill, killing, putting to death
    the act of terminating a life
    abolishment, abolition
    the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery)
    liquidation, settlement
    termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities
    drug withdrawal, withdrawal
    the termination of drug taking
    closedown, closing, closure, shutdown
    termination of operations
    extinction, extinguishing, quenching
    the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning
    disappearance, fade
    gradually ceasing to be visible
    termination of pregnancy
    deactivation, defusing
    the act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb)
    discontinuance, discontinuation
    the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
    the act of bringing to completion or fruition
    the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
    the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
    finish, finishing
    the act of finishing
    finalisation, finalization
    the act of finalizing
    carrying some project or intention to full completion
    the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
    the successful completion of a program of study
    the act of retiring into inactivity
    the action of retiring to and living in the country
    ceding, cession
    the act of ceding
    act of relinquishing property or authority etc
    discharge, release, waiver
    a formal written statement of relinquishment
    separation or breakup or divorce
    subversion, subversive activity
    the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government
    conge, congee
    an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
    dismissal from office
    an act that has disastrous consequences
    the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
    laying waste, ruin, ruination, ruining, wrecking
    destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
    demolishing, leveling, razing, tearing down
    complete destruction of a building
    annihilation, obliteration
    destruction by annihilating something
    destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
    coup de grace, deathblow
    the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
    the act of killing
    euthanasia, mercy killing
    the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
    the killing of a human being by another human being
    despatch, dispatch
    killing a person or animal
    the act of felling something (as a tree)
    self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide
    the act of killing yourself
    the act of destroying yourself
    the killing of animals (as for food)
    the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
    asphyxiation, suffocation
    killing by depriving of oxygen
    ritual killing, sacrifice
    the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
    killing by electric shock
    beheading, decapitation
    killing by cutting off the head
    viatical settlement, viaticus settlement
    sale of an insurance policy by a terminally ill policy holder
    cold turkey
    complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent
    plant closing
    act of shutting down operation of a plant
    bank closing
    act of closing down a bank because of a fiscal emergency or failure
    the act of laying off an employee or a work force
    miscarriage, spontaneous abortion, stillbirth
    a natural loss of the products of conception
    induced abortion
    a deliberate termination of pregnancy
    deactivation, inactivation
    breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
    honorable discharge
    a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
    dishonorable discharge
    a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
    Section Eight
    a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
    neutralisation, neutralization
    (euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
    the discontinuation of a franchise; especially the discontinuation of the right to vote
    the act by a donor that terminates the right of a person to inherit
    the act or instance of a planned discontinuation
    discontinuation of the meeting (of a legislative body) without dissolving it
    annulment, invalidation
    (law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)
    a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
    extermination, liquidation
    the act of exterminating
    genocide, race murder, racial extermination
    systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
    an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)
    the act of demolishing
    (law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
    hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism
    willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
    the act of dismounting (a horse or bike etc.)
    explosion, plosion
    the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
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    change of state
    the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
  2. noun
    the point in time at which something ends
    “the ending of warranty period”
    synonyms: end
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    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
    type of:
    point, point in time
    an instant of time
  3. noun
    event whose occurrence ends something
    “his death marked the ending of an era”
    synonyms: conclusion, finish
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    the event consisting of the start of something
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    end, final stage, last
    the concluding parts of an event or occurrence
    final result, outcome, result, resultant, termination
    something that results
    foregone conclusion, matter of course
    an inevitable ending
    demolition, destruction, wipeout
    an event (or the result of an event) that completely destroys something
    Z, omega
    the ending of a series or sequence
    halt, kibosh, stop
    the event of something ending
    triumph, victory
    a successful ending of a struggle or contest
    defeat, licking
    an unsuccessful ending to a struggle or contest
    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
    the outcome of a complex sequence of events
    the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)
    the outcome of a game or contest
    (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred
    aftermath, consequence
    the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
    just deserts, poetic justice
    an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically)
    the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
    sequel, subsequence
    something that follows something else
    the least favorable outcome
    annihilation, disintegration
    total destruction
    eradication, obliteration
    the complete destruction of every trace of something
    depredation, ravage
    (usually plural) a destructive action
    razing, wrecking
    the event of a structure being completely demolished and leveled
    ruin, ruination
    an event that results in destruction
    rack, wrack
    the destruction or collapse of something
    a victory (as in a race or other competition)
    cessation, surcease
    a stopping
    stand, standstill, tie-up
    an interruption of normal activity
    fall, pin
    when a wrestler's shoulders are forced to the mat
    the successful ending of the American Revolution
    an overwhelming electoral victory
    last laugh
    ultimate success achieved after a near failure (inspired by the saying `he laughs best who laughs last')
    Pyrrhic victory
    a victory that is won by incurring terrible losses
    slam, sweep
    winning all or all but one of the tricks in bridge
    complete victory
    blowout, laugher, romp, runaway, shoo-in, walkaway
    an easy victory
    service break
    a tennis game won on the opponent's service
    walk-in, waltz
    an assured victory (especially in an election)
    a narrow defeat or a defeat at the last minute
    a decisive defeat in a game (especially in cribbage)
    an overwhelming defeat
    shutout, skunk
    a defeat in a game where one side fails to score
    debacle, drubbing, slaughter, thrashing, trouncing, walloping, whipping
    a sound defeat
    a final crushing defeat
    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
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    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  4. noun
    the last section of a communication
    synonyms: close, closing, conclusion, end
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    anticlimax, bathos
    a change from a serious subject to a disappointing one
    afterword, epilog, epilogue
    a short section 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
    type of:
    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  5. noun
    the end of a word (a suffix or inflectional ending or final morpheme)
    “I don't like words that have -ism as an ending
    synonyms: termination
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    postfix, suffix
    an affix that is added at the end of the word
    inflectional ending, inflectional suffix
    an inflection that is added at the end of a root word
    type of:
    minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
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