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Definition of end verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

end

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//end//
 
; NAmE NAmE//end//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they end
BrE BrE//end//
 
; NAmE NAmE//end//
 
he / she / it ends
BrE BrE//endz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//endz//
 
past simple ended
BrE BrE//ˈendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈendɪd//
 
past participle ended
BrE BrE//ˈendɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈendɪd//
 
-ing form ending
BrE BrE//ˈendɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈendɪŋ//
 
 
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  •  [intransitive, transitive] to finish; to make something finish The road ends here. How does the story end? The speaker ended by suggesting some topics for discussion. end with something Her note ended with the words: ‘See you soon.’ end something They decided to end their relationship. end something with something They ended the play with a song. + speech ‘And that was that,’ she ended. Express YourselfEnding a conversationWhen you stop talking to someone, there are polite ways to end a conversation: It's been lovely/​so nice/​good talking to you. I'm so glad we got to talk. I'm sorry, I have to rush off. It was nice to meet you. I'm sorry I have to go now. Will you excuse me? There's someone I've got to speak to.
  • Express YourselfWrapping up a discussionIn a formal meeting or conference, you may have to bring the session to a close. Here are some ways to get people to stop speaking: I’m afraid time is running out/​we’re running out of time, so we'll have to make this the final question. We've only got a couple of minutes left, so can we summarize what we've agreed? I'd like to close the session with a few final remarks… We'll have to leave it there, but thank you all very much for your input. Well, that's all we have time for today, but we'll meet again on Tuesday. I'd like to thank you all for coming and for a very productive meeting. Word Origin Old English ende (noun), endian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch einde (noun), einden (verb) and German Ende (noun), enden (verb).Extra examples A back injury effectively ended her career. After all that excitement the day was bound to end in tears. At last the war ended. His speech ended on a positive note. The attempt finally ended in failure. The meeting ended abruptly when the chairman was called away. The military action could end in disaster. The peace talks have ended inconclusively, with neither side prepared to give way on key points. The show ended with a song. We thought they’d never end.Idioms
    end your days/life (in something)
     
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     to spend the last part of your life in a particular state or place He ended his days in poverty.
     (British English, informal) if you say that something will end in tears, you are warning somebody that what they are doing will have an unhappy or unpleasant result
    end it all, end your life
     
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     to kill yourself
    a/the something to end all sths
     
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     used to emphasize how large, important, exciting, etc. you think something is The movie has a car chase to end all car chases.
    Phrasal Verbsend in somethingend up
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: end