Definition of terminate
: coming to an end or capable of ending
Origin and Etymology of terminate
Middle English, from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus
First Known Use: 15th century
Simple Definition of terminate
: to end in a particular way or at a particular place
: to cause (something) to end
: to take a job away from (someone)
Full Definition of terminate
1 : to extend only to a limit (as a point or line); especially : to reach a terminus
2 : to form an ending
3 : to come to an end in time
1a : to bring to an end : close <terminate a marriage by divorce> <terminate a transmission line>b : to form the conclusion of <review questions terminate each chapter>c : to discontinue the employment of <workers terminated because of slow business>
2 : to serve as an ending, limit, or boundary of
Examples of terminate in a sentence
The branches of that tree terminate in flower clusters.
The rail line terminates in Boston.
You have to terminate the program before the computer will shut down properly.
His contract was terminated last month.
He was terminated last month.
Plans are being made to terminate unproductive employees.
First Known Use of terminate
Synonym Discussion of terminate
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Word Root of terminate
The Latin word terminus, meaning “boundary” or “limit,” gives us the root termin or term. Words from the Latin terminus have something to do with boundaries or limits. A term is a limited period of time during which something, such as school, occurs or exists. To determine is to set exact boundaries for something. To terminate, or cause to end, is to take to a boundary or limit.
Legal Definition of terminate
termination\ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\ play noun
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