From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishendingend‧ing /ˈendɪŋ/ ●●○ noun 1 ALEND[countable] the way that a story, film, activity etc finisheshappy/perfect/surprise etc ending a story with a happy endingending to Coffee is the perfect ending to a meal.2 [uncountable] when a process stops or is finished, or when you finish itending of the first elections since the ending of the dictatorship3 SLG[countable] the last part of a word Verbal nouns have the ending -ing. → never-ending
Examples from the Corpusending• Thankfully, the story had a happy ending.• The story has a happy ending.• Try perhaps to write a happy ending for this world and the people in it.• I love those old Hollywood movies with happy endings.• Go back to Part Three, which was supposed to provide the original ending.• Gerunds have the ending "-ing."• In the Spanish version of this story, the ending is completely different.• The background to this was the ending of the cycle boom in the previous year.• The ending we gave above, ... because she had seen what had happened, makes she refer to Diane.happy/perfect/surprise etc ending• It was a lovely night and a perfect ending for our trip.• It is here that the story closes, and it is given a happy ending.• Thankfully, the story had a happy ending.• Fortunately, this ridiculous tale had a happy ending.• Still, the tale has a happy ending.• It's not my idea of a happy ending.• In addition, a reader for whom a happy ending is essential may not care for some of Joan Aiken. 4.• So far, the hyponatremia cases have all had happy endings.