Definition of ending in English:


Line breaks: end¦ing
Pronunciation: /ˈɛndɪŋ


  • 1An end or final part of something: the ending of the Cold War
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    • As this is ballet, like opera, there are lots of improbable plot twists before the story concludes with a happy ending.
    • Stories don't normally end in happy endings, but mine did.
    • For Margie and her family, the rescue was a happy ending and the end of a horrible ordeal.
  • 1.1The furthest part of something: a nerve ending
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    • Sound from a microphone placed near the ear is converted to weak electrical currents that activate auditory nerve endings inside the cochlea in the inner ear.
    • They share many nerve endings and chemical transmitters and, throughout life, the gut remains linked to the brain through a network of nerves and hormonal substances.
    • The epithelium consists of five or six constantly renewing cell layers and nerve endings, which account for corneal sensitivity.
  • 1.2The final part of a word, constituting a grammatical inflection or formative element: the student has to choose the right plural endings
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    • The structure of Old English was more like Latin in that words had various inflectional endings to indicate their grammatical function.
    • The real challenge, though, are the word endings.
    • It doesn't have separate words for articles, prepositions, or pronouns, which are indicated by altered word endings.


Old English endung 'termination, completion' (see end, -ing1).

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