Meaning of “ending” in the English Dictionary

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"ending" in British English

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endingnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈen.dɪŋ/ us /ˈen.dɪŋ/

ending noun [ C ] (STORY)

B1 the last part of a story:

People want love stories with happy endings.

More examples

  • I didn't find the ending of the film very convincing.
  • Sadly, there was no fairytale happy ending to the story.
  • Knowing the ending already didn't spoil my enjoyment of the film.
  • His last book had a rather strange ending, don't you think?
  • The playwright wrote two different endings to the play, so that the audience could chose which they would prefer to see.

(Definition of “ending” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"ending" in American English

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endingnoun [ C ]

us /ˈen·dɪŋ/

the last part of a process, esp. the way in which something stops existing:

The movie’s ending is so romantic!

grammar An ending is a part added to a word that changes its meaning:

To make “dogplural, you add the ending “-s.”

(Definition of “ending” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)