Definition of TERMINATE

to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point <we need to terminate the discussion for this evening, but we'll resume tomorrow morning>
to come to an end <this class will terminate with the arrival of Memorial Day>
Related Words desist (from), lay off (of), refrain (from); give over [British], knock off, pack (up or in); break down, conk (out), cut out, stall; pause, stay, suspend; abate, peter (out), wind down
Near Antonyms draw out, extend, prolong, protract
to mark the limits of <terminated the area set aside for the runners to change their clothes with a series of folding screens>
to put to death deliberately <the operative's covert mission was to terminate the leader of the opposition>
to let go from office, service, or employment <he was terminated for constantly coming in to work late>
Related Words downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separate
Antonyms employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on

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