Liquidate meaning

lĭk'wĭ-dāt'
To sell all of a business’s assets and close down the business. An involuntary liquidation is called a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
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The definition of liquidate is to turn assets into cash, or to sell assets and pay creditors.

When you sell your shares of stock and turn them into cash, this is an example of when you liquidate.

When a furniture store sells off its inventory and goes out of business, this is an example of when it liquidates.

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To convert (assets) into cash.
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To eliminate, especially by killing.
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To settle a debt, claim, or obligation.
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To settle the affairs of a business or estate by disposing of its assets and liabilities.
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To settle by agreement or legal process the amount of (indebtedness, damages, etc.)
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To settle the accounts of (a bankrupt business firm) by apportioning assets and debts.
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To pay or settle (a debt)
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To convert (holdings or assets) into cash.
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To dispose of or get rid of, as by killing.
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To liquidate debts, accounts, etc.
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To close a brokerage account and sell its stocks and investments.
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To close open futures and options positions. If futures are owned, an equivalent amount is sold to liquidate a position. If futures have been sold short, then the equivalent position is bought to liquidate a position.
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In bankruptcy or insolvency, to terminate a business by the sale of its assets to pay its liabilities.
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To pay a debt.
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To convert hard assets into cash.
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To set, by contract or stipulation, a fixed amount for damages resulting from a particular harm.
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To settle (a debt) by paying the outstanding amount.
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To settle the affairs of (a company), by using its assets to pay its debts.
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To convert (assets) into cash.
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To do away with.
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To kill.
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(law) To determine by agreement or by litigation the precise amount of (indebtedness); to make the amount of (a debt) clear and certain.
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Origin of liquidate

  • Late Latin liquidāre liquidāt- to melt from Latin liquidus liquid liquid
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin liquidus (“liquid, clear"). The sense "to kill" comes from Russian likviditet.
    From Wiktionary