liquidate

verb
liq·​ui·​date | \ ˈli-kwə-ˌdāt How to pronounce liquidate (audio) \
liquidated; liquidating

Definition of liquidate

transitive verb

1a(1) : to determine by agreement or by litigation the precise amount of (indebtedness, damages, or accounts)
(2) : to determine the liabilities (see liability sense 2) and apportion assets toward discharging the indebtedness of
b : to settle (a debt) by payment or other settlement liquidate a loan
2 archaic : to make clear
3 : to do away with especially by killing was hired to liquidate a certain businessman
4 : to convert (assets) into cash liquidated his securities

intransitive verb

1 : to liquidate debts, damages, or accounts
2 : to determine liabilities (see liability sense 2) and apportion assets toward discharging indebtedness

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Other Words from liquidate

liquidation \ ˌli-​kwə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce liquidate (audio) \ noun

Examples of liquidate in a Sentence

The owners were ordered to liquidate the company and pay their creditors. The company is liquidating its assets. The owners were ordered to liquidate. The film is about a professional killer who's hired to liquidate a powerful businessman.
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Recent Examples on the Web The coalition’s foundation is required to liquidate all remaining assets and pay $1.1 million to domestic violence centers around the state. Skyler Swisher, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Aug. 2021 Families often put investment assets into trust to avoid probate, thus allowing the assets to continue to work and grow without the need to liquidate them upon the death of the owner. Daniel J. Pilla, National Review, 4 Aug. 2021 ArcLight and Pacific’s parent company declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy to liquidate remaining assets. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 19 July 2021 This calculator tells you which asset to liquidate. William Baldwin, Forbes, 4 July 2021 Alexander said the 2,000-student university received the stock in 2018 when a foundation run by Longe’s family was looking to liquidate. BostonGlobe.com, 30 June 2021 Days after closing 137 campuses and leaving 35,000 students and 8,000 employees in the lurch, the company filed for bankruptcy protection to liquidate its business. BostonGlobe.com, 16 June 2021 In focus will be the bank’s decision to suspend redemptions and liquidate funds stuffed with a notional $10 billion in assets originated and packaged by now insolvent firm, Greensill Capital. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2021 Financial downturns turn into crises when individuals are forced to liquidate assets at the bottom to make ends meet. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of liquidate

circa 1575, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a(1)

History and Etymology for liquidate

Late Latin liquidatus, past participle of liquidare to melt, from Latin liquidus

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The first known use of liquidate was circa 1575

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8 Sep 2021

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“Liquidate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquidate. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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liquidate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of liquidate

: to sell (a business, property, etc.) especially to pay off debt
: to pay all the money owed for (a debt)
: to destroy (something) or kill (someone)

liquidate

verb
liq·​ui·​date | \ ˈli-kwə-ˌdāt How to pronounce liquidate (audio) \
liquidated; liquidating

Legal Definition of liquidate

transitive verb

1 : to determine by agreement or litigation the precise amount of also : to settle (a debt) by payment or other adjustment
2a : to determine the liabilities and apportion the assets of especially in bankruptcy or dissolution liquidate a corporation — compare bankruptcy
b : to convert (as assets) into cash liquidate an estate

intransitive verb

: to liquidate something (as a corporation)

Other Words from liquidate

liquidation \ ˌli-​kwə-​ˈdā-​shən How to pronounce liquidate (audio) \ noun

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