Terminate meaning

tûr'mə-nāt'
To discontinue the employment of; dismiss.

A company that terminated 300 workers.

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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.

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To bring to an end or halt.
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To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish.

A display of fireworks that terminated the festivities.

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To murder or assassinate (someone).
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To come to an end; reach a stopping point.

The oil pipeline terminates at a shipping port. The negotiations terminated with a celebration.

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To form an end or produce a result. Often used with in .
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To bring to an end in space or time; form the end or conclusion of; limit, bound, finish, or conclude.
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To put an end to; stop; cease.
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To dismiss from employment; fire.
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To assassinate.
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To come to an end in space or time; stop; end.
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To have its end (in something)

A road terminating in woods.

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(intransitive, formal) To finish or end.

To terminate a surface by a line.

To terminate an effort, or a controversy.

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(euphemistic) To kill.
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(euphemistic) To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.
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Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude.

Mountains on the Moon cast shadows that are very dark, terminate and more distinct than those cast by mountains on the Earth.

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(mathematics) Expressible in a finite number of terms; (of a decimal) not recurring or infinite.

One third is a recurring decimal, but one half is a terminate decimal.

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Origin of terminate

  • Latin termināre termināt- from terminus end
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare (“to set bounds to, bound, limit, end, close, terminate"), from terminus (“a bound, limit, end"); see term, terminus. Compare termine.
    From Wiktionary