1. To finally be or do something, as in; SYN. wind up, finish.
2. When people end up doing something or end up a certain way, it is the result of a series of decisions, actions, or unplanned and unexpected occurrences. End up is similar to wind up.
3. When people or things end up in a place, this place is where their journey ends even though the outcome may have been unplanned or unexpected.