end verb

ADV. abruptly, suddenly The meeting ended abruptly when the chairman was called away. | prematurely | at last, eventually, finally At last the war ended. | all but, effectively, virtually A back injury effectively ended her career. | inconclusively The peace talks have ended inconclusively, with neither side prepared to give way on key points. | peacefully | disastrously, tragically | disappointingly, unhappily

PREP. in The attempt finally ended in failure. | with The show ended with a song.

PHRASES end in disaster The military action could end in disaster. | end in tears (figurative) After all that excitement the day was bound to end in tears (= unhappily).