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English definition of “end”

end

verb [I or T]     /end/
A2 to finish or stop, or to make something finish or stop: When is your meeting due to end? Her resignation ends months of speculation about her future. Their marriage ended in 1991. The match ended in a draw. I'd like to end with a song from my first album. She ended her speech on an optimistic note.Causing something to endComing to an end Grammar:End or finish?We use the verbs end and finish in similar ways, to mean ‘come to a stop’:See more
(Definition of end verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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