Synonyms of end in English:


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See UK English definition of end

See Spanish definition of extremo


1‘Laura's house was at the end of the row’

extremity, furthermost part, limit, margin, edge, border, boundary, periphery
point, tip, tail end
North American tag end

beginning, middle

2‘I never plan the end of the novel I'm writing’

conclusion, termination, ending, finish, close, resolution, climax, finale, culmination, denouement
epilogue, coda, peroration
informal wind-up

beginning, start

3‘he jabbed a cigarette end into the ashtray’

butt, stub, stump, remnant, fragment, vestige
leftovers, remains, remainder
informal fag end, dog end

4‘to her, wealth is a means and not an end in itself’

aim, goal, purpose, objective, object, grail, holy grail, target, mission
intention, intent, design, motive
aspiration, wish, desire, ambition
raison d'être

5‘the commercial end of the music business’

aspect, side, section, area, field, part, share, portion, segment, province

6‘he knew that his end might come at any time’

death, dying, demise, passing, passing on, passing away, expiration, expiry
doom, extinction, annihilation, extermination, destruction
downfall, ruin, ruination, Waterloo
informal curtains, croaking, snuffing
rare quietus



1‘the show ended with a wedding scene’

finish, conclude, terminate, come to an end, draw to a close, close, stop, cease
culminate, climax, build up to, lead up to, reach a finale, come to a head
informal wind up

begin, start

2‘she attempted to end the relationship’

break off, call off, bring to an end, put an end to, call a halt to, halt, stop, drop, finish, terminate, discontinue, dissolve, cancel, annul
informal nip something in the bud, wind something up, knock something on the head, give something the chop, pull the plug on, axe, scrap, pack in, get shut of
British informal get shot of
archaic sunder


3‘the young artist chose to end his life’

destroy, put an end to, extinguish, snuff out, do away with, wipe out, take


    end up

    ‘instead of going to Alaska, he ended up in Africa’

    finish up, land up, arrive, find oneself, turn up, come, go, appear
    informal wind up, fetch up, show up, roll up, blow in
    put an end to something

    1‘injury put an end to his career’

    destroy, kill, bring to an end, be the end of, end, extinguish, dash, quell, quash, ruin, wreck, shatter, smash, crush, scotch
    stop, block, frustrate, thwart, put a stop to, prevent, defeat, derail
    informal put paid to, do for, put the lid on, put the kibosh on, stymie, queer
    British informal scupper, dish

    2‘it took over a hundred years to put an end to child labour’

    abolish, do away with, get rid of, scrap, end, stop, terminate, eradicate, eliminate, exterminate, destroy, annihilate, stamp out, obliterate, wipe out, extinguish, quash, expunge, extirpate
    annul, cancel, invalidate, nullify, void, dissolve, erase, delete
    rescind, repeal, revoke, overturn
    discontinue, remove, withdraw, retract, countermand, excise, drop, jettison, vitiate, abrogate
    informal axe, ditch, junk, scrub, dump, chop, give something the chop, knock something on the head
    rare deracinate

    retain, create

    make ends meet

    ‘even with no children to support, she couldn't make ends meet’

    manage, cope, get by, survive, exist, subsist, muddle along, muddle through, scrape along, scrape by, scrape through, get along, make do, barely have enough to live on, scarcely have enough to live on, keep the wolf from the door, keep one's head above water, scrimp, scrape a living
    informal make out