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ENDING. A grammatical or derivational element at the end of a WORD: -s added to horse to form the plural horses, added to sell to form the third-person singular sells; -ity added to central to form centrality. Elements like -s are often referred to as inflectional endings. Elements like -ity may be referred to as derivational endings, but are more commonly known as suffixes. Inflectional endings may or may not be classed as suffixes. See CLASSICAL ENDING, INFLECTION.

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end·ing / ˈending/ • n. an end or final part of something, esp. a period of time, an activity, or a book or movie: the ending of the Cold War. ∎  the furthest part or point of something: a nerve ending. ∎  the final part of a word, constituting a grammatical inflection or formative element.

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ending

ending •scaffolding •freestanding, hardstanding, landing, misunderstanding, notwithstanding, outstanding, standing, stranding, understanding, upstanding •Harding, self-regarding •undemanding •heading, Reading, steading, wedding •gelding •ending, impending, uncomprehending, unoffending, unpretending •sub-heading • heartrending •goaltending •arcading, grading, lading, shading, unfading, upbraiding •exceeding, leading, misleading, pleading, reeding, self-feeding, sheading, unheeding •Fielding, yielding •inbreeding • stockbreeding •forbidding, Ridding •building • wingding • shipbuilding •bodybuilding • outbuilding •confiding, hiding, riding, siding •wilding •binding, finding •paragliding • wadding •corresponding • hot-rodding •according, hoarding, recording, unrewarding •sailboarding • snowboarding •telerecording • videorecording •Dowding •grounding, sounding, surrounding •foreboding, loading •Golding, holding, moulding (US molding), scolding •landholding • shareholding •smallholding • roadholding •wounding •peasepudding, pudding •underfunding • wording

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