- Terminate is defined as to end, to bring to an end or to destroy.
An example of to terminate is to kill a colony of bugs living in a house.
terminate definition by Webster's New World
- to bring to an end in space or time; form the end or conclusion of; limit, bound, finish, or conclude
- to put an end to; stop; cease
- ☆ to dismiss from employment; fire
- ☆ to assassinate: a euphemistic usage
Origin: ; from Classical Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare, to end, limit ; from terminus: see term
- to come to an end in space or time; stop; end
- to have its end (in something): a road terminating in woods
- terminative adjective
terminate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb ter·mi·nat·ed, ter·mi·nat·ing, ter·mi·nates verb, transitive
- To bring to an end or halt: “His action terminated the most hopeful period of reform in Prussian history” (Gordon A. Craig).
- To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish: a display of fireworks that terminated the festivities.
- To discontinue the employment of; dismiss: a company that terminated 300 workers.
- To come to an end: The oil pipeline terminates at a shipping port. Negotiations terminated yesterday. See Synonyms at complete.
- To have as an end or result: “The Peloponnesian war … terminated in the ruin of the Athenian commonwealth” (Alexander Hamilton).
Origin: Latin termināre, termināt-, from terminus, end.