endingend‧ing /ˈendɪŋ/ ●●○ noun1ALEND[countable] the way that a story, film, activity etc finisheshappy/perfect/surprise etc endinga story with a happy endingending toCoffee is the perfect ending to a meal.2[uncountable] when a processstops or is finished, or when you finish itending ofthe first elections since the ending of the dictatorship3SLG[countable] the last part of a wordVerbal nouns have the ending -ing. →never-ending
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ending• Thankfully, the story had a happyending.• The story has a happy ending.• Try perhaps to write a happy ending for this world and the people in it.• I love those old Hollywood movies with happy endings.• Go back to Part Three, which was supposed to provide the originalending.• Gerunds have the ending "-ing."• In the Spanishversion of this story, the ending is completely different.• The background to this was the ending of the cycleboom in the previous year.• The ending we gave above, ... because she had seen what had happened, makes she refer to Diane.happy/perfect/surprise etc ending• It was a lovelynight and a perfect ending for our trip.• It is here that the story closes, and it is given a happy ending.• Thankfully, the story had a happy ending.• Fortunately, this ridiculoustale had a happy ending.• Still, the tale has a happy ending.• It's not my idea of a happy ending.• In addition, a reader for whom a happy ending is essential may not care for some of Joan Aiken. 4.• So far, the hyponatremia cases have all had happy endings.