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Definition of end noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    final part
  1. 1the final part of a period of time, an event, an activity, or a story at the end of the week We didn't leave until the very end. the end of the book We had to hear about the whole trip from beginning to end. It's the end of an era. Our end-of-season sale starts next week. There'll be a chance to ask questions at the end.
  2. farthest part
  3. 2the part of an object or a place that is the farthest away from its center Turn right at the end of the road. His office is the room at the other end of the hallway. I went to the end of the line. Go to the end of the line! You have something on the end of your nose. Tie the ends of the string together. That's his wife sitting at the far end of the table. These two products are from opposite ends of the price range. We've traveled from one end of Mexico to the other. They live in the end house. see also dead end, split end, tail end
  4. finish
  5. 3a situation in which something does not exist anymore the end of all his dreams The meeting came to an end (= finished). The war was finally at an end. The coup brought his corrupt regime to an end. There's no end in sight to the present crisis. They have called for an end to violence. This latest attack could spell the end of the peace process. Let's put an end to (= stop) these rumors once and for all. That was by no means the end of the matter.
  6. aim
  7. 4an aim or a purpose They are prepared to use violence in pursuit of their ends. He is exploiting the current situation for his own ends. She used her family for political ends. With this end in view (= in order to achieve this) they employed 50 new staff members. We are willing to make any concessions necessary to this end (= in order to achieve this). They are working toward common ends. Thesaurustargetobjective goal object endThese are all words for something that you are trying to a result that you try to achieve:Set targets that you can reasonably hope to achieve. sales targetsobjective (somewhat formal) something that you are trying to achieve:What are the objectives of this project?goal something that you hope to achieve:He continued to pursue his goal of becoming an, objective, or goal?A target is usually officially recorded in some way, for example by an employer. It is often specific, and in the form of figures, such as number of sales, exam scores, or a date. People often set their own objectives: these are things that they wish to achieve, often as part of a project or a talk they are giving. Goals are often long-term, and relate to people's life and career plans or the long-term plans of a company or organization.object the purpose of something; something that you plan to achieve:The object of the campaign is to educate people about highway safety.end something that you plan to achieve:She used her family for political ends. That's only OK if you believe that the end justifies the means (= bad methods of doing something are acceptable if the final result is good). End is usually used in the plural or in particular fixed expressions.Patterns to work toward a(n) target/objective/goal a(n) ambitious/major/long-term/short-term/future target/objective/goal economic/financial/business targets/objectives/goals to set/agree on/identify/reach/meet/exceed a(n) target/objective/goal to achieve a(n) target/objective/goal/end
  8. part of activity
  9. 5[usually singular] a part of an activity with which someone is concerned, especially in business We need someone to handle the marketing end of the business. Are there any problems at your end? I have kept my end of the bargain.
  10. of telephone line/trip
  11. 6[usually singular] either of two places connected by a telephone call, a trip, etc. I answered the phone but there was no one at the other end. Jean is going to meet me at the other end.
  12. of sports field
  13. 7one of the two halves of a sports field The teams changed ends at half-time.
  14. death
  15. 8[usually singular] a person's death. People sayendto avoid sayingdeath She came to an untimely end (= died young). I was with him at the end (= when he died). (literary) He met his end (= died) at the Battle of Waterloo. see also loose end, odds and ends
  16. Idioms
    at the end of the day (informal)
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    used to introduce the most important fact after everything has been considered At the end of the day, he'll still have to make his own decision.
    at loose ends/at a loose end
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    having nothing to do and not knowing what you want to do Come and see us, if you're at loose ends.
    be at the end of something
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    to have almost nothing left of something I'm at the end of my patience. They are at the end of their food supply.
    be at the end of your rope
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    to feel that you cannot deal with a difficult situation any more because you are too tired, worried, etc. You'd better let her know you're safe. She's at the end of her rope.
    be at/on the receiving end (of something) (informal)
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    to be the person that an action, etc. is directed at, especially an unpleasant one She found herself on the receiving end of a lot of criticism.
    be at your wits' end
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    to be so worried by a problem that you do not know what to do next She was at her wits' end wondering how she'd finish it all in the time.
    the beginning of the end
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    the first sign of something ending The scandal was the beginning of the end of his career as a politician.
    burn the candle at both ends
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    to become very tired by trying to do too many things and going to bed late, and getting up early
    an end in itself
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    a thing that is itself important and not just a part of something more important
    the end justifies the means (saying)
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    bad or unfair methods of doing something are acceptable if the result of that action is good or positive
    (reach) the end of the line/road
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    (to reach) the point at which something can no longer continue in the same way A defeat in the second round marked the end of the line for last year's champion.
    end of story (informal)
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    used when you are stating that there is nothing more that can be said or done about something If she doesn't agree, I won't go ahead. End of story.
    in a line, with the ends touching They arranged the tables end to end.
    get the short end of the stick
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    to be the person in a group who is chosen or forced to perform an unpleasant duty or task I got the short end of the stick and had to clean the toilets.
    go off the deep end (informal)
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    to suddenly become very angry or emotional
    go to the ends of the earth
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    to do everything possible, even if it is difficult, in order to get or achieve something I'd go to the ends of the earth to see her again.
    1. 1after a long period of time or series of events He tried various jobs and in the end became an accountant.
    2. 2after everything has been considered You can try your best to impress the interviewers but in the end it's often just a question of luck.
    jump/be thrown in/into the deep end (informal)
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    to start or be made to start a new and difficult activity that you are not prepared for Medical interns are thrown in the deep end in their first jobs.
    light at the end of the tunnel
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    something that shows you are nearly at the end of a long and difficult time or situation
    make ends meet
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    to earn just enough money to be able to buy the things you need Many families struggle to make ends meet.
    make somebody's hair stand on end
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    to shock or frighten someone a chilling tale that will make your hair stand on end
    a means to an end
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    a thing or action that is not interesting or important in itself but is a way of achieving something else He doesn't particularly like the work but he sees it as a means to an end.
    (to) no end (informal)
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    very much It upset me to no end to hear they'd split up.
    no end of something (informal)
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    a lot of something We had no end of trouble getting them to agree.
    not the end of the world (informal)
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    not the worst thing that could happen to someone Failing one exam is not the end of the world.
    not/never hear the end of it
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    to keep being reminded of something because someone is always talking to you about it If we don't get her a dog we'll never hear the end of it.
    1. 1in a vertical position It'll fit if you stand it on end.
    2. 2for the stated length of time, without stopping He would disappear for weeks on end.
    put an end to it all
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    to kill yourself
    to/until the bitter end
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    continuing until you have done everything you can, or until something is completely finished, despite difficulties and problems They were prepared to fight to the bitter end for their rights.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: end