Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.
1. To reach some conclusion, state, or situation due to a particular course of action. Thanks to that traffic jam, I ended up being late to the meeting. Sara has always loved to read so I'm not surprised that she ended up an English major. I really think that you and your high school sweetheart will end up together.
2. To take some course of action, perhaps reluctantly. Thanks to bad weather, we ended up by leaving our beach house ahead of schedule.
3. To conclude something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "end" and "up." Well, I'd say that big fight pretty much ends up our family dinner.
4. To reach a particular location, often unintentionally. We wanted to go to the beach on Saturday, but because traffic was so bad, we ended up at the mall instead. When my car's engine overheated, I ended up at the mechanic instead of my big job interview.
5. To be with someone, often by default. It seems that we've ended up with the most boring tour guide on the planet. He's seriously putting me to sleep.
end up (by) (doing something)
1. To take some course of action, perhaps reluctantly. Thanks to bad weather, we ended up by leaving our beach house ahead of schedule.
2. To conclude something with a particular action. Well, as usual, our family ended up by having a big fight after Thanksgiving dinner.
end something up
to terminate something; to bring something to an end. He ended his vacation up by going to the beach. She ended up her speech with a poem.
( somewhere ) and wind up( somewhere ) to finish at a certain place. If you don't get straightened out, you'll end up in jail. I fell and hurt myself, and I wound up in the hospital.
(somewhere) and wind up (somewhere) to finish at a certain place. If you don't get straightened out, you'll end up in jail. I fell and hurt myself, and I wound up in the hospital.
to come to an end. When will all this end up? I think that the party will have to end up about midnight.
Arrive at, result in, finish. For example, He thought he'd end up living in the city, or We don't know how Nancy will end up. [First half of 1900s] Also see wind up.
1. To bring something to a close: The manager ended up the meeting by thanking us for all of our hard work.
2. To arrive somewhere, especially when not anticipated: We lost our way and ended up downtown. If you end up in our area tonight, feel free to drop in.
3. To arrive in some situation or condition as a result of a course of action: If you keep going outside in this weather without shoes, you'll end up catching a cold.