1 extremity, extreme, extent, bound, boundary, tip, limit, terminus:
That fence marks the southern end of the property. At the end of the garden was a large shed.
2 close, termination, conclusion, cessation, expiration, finish, completion, finale, ending, wind-up; denouement or dénouement:
At the end of the film, the lights came on.
3 aim, purpose, intention, intent, objective, object, goal, point, reason, raison d'être, destination, motive, motivation, aspiration:
To what end does she persist so vehemently?
4 consequence, result, outcome, effect, upshot:
The end of the affair was that he had to leave town.
5 destruction, death, ruin, extermination, annihilation, death, termination, conclusion:
That would spell the end to all life on earth.
6 at a loose end or US and Canadian at loose ends. unsettled, unoccupied, unemployed, uncommitted, undecided, indecisive, ambivalent, vacillating, purposeless, aimless, adrift, drifting, betwixt and between, neither here nor there:
My wife has gone off to visit her mother and I'm at a loose end.
7 on end.
(a) upright, erect, standing:
He can balance a ruler on end.
(b) continuously, uninterruptedly, unceasingly, incessantly, consecutively:
It rained for days on end.
8 the end.
(a) the worst, the last straw, the final blow, Colloq the limit, too much:
Brian's winning first prize is the absolute end.
(b) the best, the greatest:
That disc by The What is the living end.
9 terminate, conclude, bring to an end, stop, halt, cease, wind up or down, settle, put an end to, discontinue, break off, cut off, close, finish, culminate, end up, Brit put paid to; die (out), expire, climax, peter out, vanish:
We have ended our relationship. The book ends with her returning to him. The year ends on December 31st.
10 kill, put to death, annihilate, exterminate, terminate, extinguish; destroy, ruin:
He ended his life last night with a bullet.
11 surpass, outdo, outclass, outshine, outstrip, supersede:
It is a disaster film to end all disaster films.