I. noun Etymology: Middle English ende, from Old English; akin to Old High German enti end, Latin ante before, Greek anti against Date: before 12th century 1. a. the part of an area that lies at the boundary b. (1) a point that marks the extent of something (2) the point where something ceases to exist <
world without end
c. the extreme or last part lengthwise ; tip d. the terminal unit of something spatial that is marked off by units e. a player stationed at the extremity of a line (as in football) 2. a. cessation of a course of action, pursuit, or activity b. death, destruction c. (1) the ultimate state (2) result, issue 3. something incomplete, fragmentary, or undersized ; remnant 4. a. an outcome worked toward ; purpose <
the end of poetry is to be poetry — R. P. Warren
b. the object by virtue of or for the sake of which an event takes place 5. a. a share in an undertaking <
kept your end up
b. a particular operation or aspect of an undertaking or organization <
the sales end of the business
6. something that is extreme ; ultimate — used with the 7. a period of action or turn in any of various sports events (as archery or lawn bowling) Synonyms: see intentionended adjective II. verb Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to bring to an end b. destroy 2. to make up the end of <
a wedding scene ends the film
intransitive verb 1. a. to come to an end <
the meeting will end at noon
b. to reach a specified ultimate rank, situation, or place — usually used with up <
ended up as a colonel
2. die Synonyms: see close III. adjective Date: 13th century final, ultimate <
end results
end markets
IV. transitive verb Etymology: probably alteration of English dialect in to harvest Date: 1607 dialect England to put (grain or hay) into a barn or stack

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