end up

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end up (third-person singular simple present ends up, present participle ending up, simple past and past participle ended up)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To bring to a conclusion.
    The band usually ends up their concerts with their biggest hit song.
    The ceremony will end up by 4 p.m.
  2. (intransitive) To come to a final place, condition, or situation, sometimes unplanned or unexpected.
    They ended up angry at each other.
    They ended up at their home.
    She ended up a wealthy woman.
    He ended up as an insurance agent.
    They ended up like the others.
    The room ended up painted avocado green.
    She ended up driving the whole way.
  3. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) (idiomatic, transitive or intransitive, copulative) To conclude, turn out, sometimes unexpectedly.
    That's just how things ended up happening.
  4. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) (idiomatic) To arrive at a destination, sometimes unexpectedly.
    I was going for a stroll, and ended up lost.
  5. (Should we delete(+) this redundant sense?) To eventually do or become; culminate in.
    We spent a long time looking for a cheaper deal, but we ended up buying from the first dealer we met.
  6. (transitive) To lift or tilt, so as to set on end.
    to end up a hogshead



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