› the time or place that something finishes: The construction will be completed by the end of the year. Sales are looking good according to the end-of-month report. We spent a long time looking for a good supplier, but we found one in the end. There are encouraging signs that the recession has come to an end. The difficult period we've been through now seems to be at an end. There is no end to the possible markets for this product. The meeting room is at the end of the corridor on the right.
› used when stating whether goods or services are expensive or cheap, or of high or low quality: the bottom/low/top end of the market This basic laptop is aimed at the low end of the market.
› an aim or purpose: We aim to halve production costs, and to this end we are investing in automating the process. We see good design not just as a means of increasing profits, but as an end in itself.
› the parts of a task or process connected with one particular type of activity, or with a particular person: Rick's more involved with the financial end of things. Everything's ready here, but how are thing's your end?sb's end of the bargain/deal We kept our end of the bargain, but they failed to meet their deadline. → See also back-end, closed-end, dead end, end-to-end, front-end, high-end, low-end, year end