ending vs termination what difference

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɛndɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɛndɪŋ

Etymology 1

From Middle English endyng, endinge, endunge, from Old English endung, ġeendung (ending), equivalent to end +‎ -ing. Cognate with Dutch ending (ending), German Endung (ending).


ending (plural endings)

  1. A termination or conclusion.
  2. The last part of something.
  3. (grammar) The last morpheme of a word, added to some base to make an inflected form (such as -s in “dogs”).
  • (termination or conclusion): conclusion, end, termination
  • (last part of something): end, finale
  • (grammar): termination, suffix
Derived terms
  • bad ending
  • good ending

Etymology 2

From Middle English ending, endyng, endende, from Old English endiende, from Proto-Germanic *andijōndz, present participle of Proto-Germanic *andijōną (to end), equivalent to end +‎ -ing.



  1. present participle of end


  • Ningde, ginned



From enda (to end) +‎ -ing.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛntiŋk/


ending f (genitive singular endingar, nominative plural endingar)

  1. end, ending
  2. durability
  3. (grammar) ending, suffix


Middle English



  1. Alternative form of endyng

Norwegian Bokmål


ende +‎ -ing, first part from Old Norse endi, endir (end, conclusion), from Proto-Germanic *andijaz (end), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂entíos (front, forehead), from *h₂ent- (face, forehead, front), perhaps from *h₂en- (on, onto). Last part from Old Norse -ingr m, -ingi m, -ing f, from Proto-Germanic *-ingō, *-ungō.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛnːɪŋ/, /ˈɛndɪŋ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ
  • Hyphenation: end‧ing


ending f or m (definite singular endinga or endingen, indefinite plural endinger, definite plural endingene)

  1. the act of ending; finishing
    Synonym: endelse
  2. (grammar) an ending (the last morpheme of a word, added to some base to make an inflected form)
    Synonym: endelse
  3. (poetry) the last syllable in a verse line


  • “ending” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
  • “ending” in Det Norske Akademis ordbok (NAOB).

Norwegian Nynorsk


From ende +‎ -ing


ending f (definite singular endinga, indefinite plural endingar, definite plural endingane)

  1. (grammar) ending (last part of a word)


  • “ending” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.



Borrowed from Latin terminationem (accusative of terminatio).


  • (US) IPA(key): /tɚmɪˈneɪʃən/
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


termination (countable and uncountable, plural terminations)

  1. The process of terminating or the state of being terminated.
  2. The process of firing an employee; ending one’s employment at a business for any reason.
  3. An end in time; a conclusion.
  4. An end in space; an edge or limit.
  5. An outcome or result.
  6. The last part of a word; an ending, a desinence; a suffix.
    • 1849, E. A. Andrews, A First Latin Book; Or Progressive Lessons in Reading and Writing Latin, 2nd edition, Boston, p. 52 and 69:
      1. Some adjectives of the third declension have three terminations in the nominative singular,—one for each gender; some two,—one for the masculine and feminine, the other for the neuter; and some, only one for all genders.
      1. Verbs whose terminations are alike, are said to be of the same conjugation.
      2. Latin verbs are divided into four conjugations.
  7. (medicine) An induced abortion.
  8. (obsolete, rare) A word, a term.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 2 Scene 1
      She speaks poniards, and every word stabs: if her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect to the north star.
  9. The ending up of a polypeptid chain.


  • (process of terminating): discontinuation, stoppage
  • (state of being termined): discontinuation
  • (process of firing an employee): discharge, dismissal
  • (end in time): close, conclusion, end, finale, finish, stop
  • (end in space): border, edge, end, limit, lip, rim, tip
  • (outcome): consequence, outcome, result, upshot
  • (last part of a word): ending
  • (medical): abortion, induced abortion


  • (process of terminating or the state of being terminated): continuation

Derived terms

  • extermination
  • terminative
  • terminative case

Related terms

  • terminate


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