The Collaborative International Dictionary
End \End\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ended; p. pr. & vb. n. Ending.]
To bring to an end or conclusion; to finish; to close; to terminate; as, to end a speech. ``I shall end this strife.''
On the seventh day God ended his work.
2. To form or be at the end of; as, the letter k ends the word back.
To destroy; to put to death. ``This sword hath ended him.''
To end up, to lift or tilt, so as to set on end; as, to end up a hogshead.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"finished, completed," 1590s, past participle adjective from end (v.).
vb. (en-past of: end)
Usage examples of "ended".
I will not wear thy soul with words about my grief and sorrow: but it is to be told that I sat now in a perilous place, and yet I might not step down from it and abide in that land, for then it was a sure thing, that some of my foes would have laid hand on me and brought me to judgment for being but myself, and I should have ended miserably.
Just where the bitumen ended and the grass began sat a small Aboriginal boy, I recognised him as belonging to a house around the corner from us!
As a result, we did well academically and ended up going to Harvard over and over again, like addicts.
And so ended the very remarkable and adventurous life of Hunter Quatermain.
One July as he was walking in a suburban street which ended in some dusty fields, Agaric heard groans coming from a moss-grown well that had been abandoned by the gardeners.
Tunisian agribiz before coming to Loophole, my masterpiece which ended my apprenticeship to Eggplant Jackson.
I began by showing him that Leticia Nazareno owed us for an amount of taffeta twice the nautical distance to Santa Maria del Altar, that is, one hundred ninety leagues, and he said aha as if to himself, and I ended up by showing him that the total debt with the special discount for your excellency was equal to six times the grand prize in the lottery for ten years, and he said aha again and only then did he look at me directly without his glasses and I could see that his eyes were timid and indulgent, and only then did he tell me with a strange voice of harmony that our reasons were clear and just, to each his own, he said, have them send the bill to the government.
He spoke the words, though, as he turned himself sunwise, murmuring the brief prayer to each of the four airts in turn, and ended facing west, into the setting sun.
Messua cried, and Buldeo embroidered the story of his adventures in the jungle, till he ended by saying that Akela stood up on his hind legs and talked like a man.
They went out, leaving Alker and Renz exchanging stares, which ended when the two men shrugged.
Liysa told Nick about her affair with Tim Sands and explained to him about her attack of amnesia that ended it.
The biographers of Haydn have not succeeded in discovering how the Schroeter amourette ended.
The Dowager, with a magnificent disregard for the coachman and the footman, perched on the box-seat in front of her, knew no such reticence, and discoursed with great freedom on the birth of an heir to the barony, animadverting with embarrassing candour, and all the contempt of a matriarch who had brought half-a-dozen children into the world without fuss or complications, on sickly young women who fancied themselves to be ill days before their time, and ended by suffering cross births and hard labours.
He wanted to destroy them all, so that he would feel less lonely, and, in order to penetrate this absence with his annihilating presence, he left the jeep behind at a forgotten township where a green track ended and an ancient whisky priest sat all day in the ruins of a forsaken church brewing fire-water from wild bananas and keening the stations of the cross.
Our inwardness ended only with the Happy Anniversary flash-bombing of 2033, a real wake-up call.