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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web As a result, several have been forced to liquidate assets to meet debt obligations or pay service contracts despite the fact that their pure mining operations remain profitable on an EBITA basis. Colin Harper, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 Severe drought last year forced 40% of farmers to liquidate a portion of their herds, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 29 July 2022 By digitizing assets through blockchain technology, parts of a hotel can be parceled off to investors — a new way to liquidate and introduce fractional ownership to generate short-term cash flow. Ivan Burazin, Forbes, 7 June 2022 The yen usually strengthens when equity markets fall as Japanese investors sell dollars to liquidate U.S. assets. Julia-ambra Verlaine, WSJ, 17 May 2022 According to Women’s Wear Daily, Ronald Perelman, the largest shareholder of the brand, began to liquidate his assets in 2020. Ariana Yaptangco, Glamour, 16 June 2022 According to Women's Wear Daily, Ronald Perelman, the largest shareholder of the brand, began to liquidate his assets in 2020, illustrating the company's decline. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 13 June 2022 Those tokens collapsed after huge customer withdrawals forced Terra’s operators to liquidate all of the assets being used to support their currencies. Ken Sweet, Chicago Tribune, 13 June 2022 Those tokens collapsed after huge customer withdrawals forced Terra’s operators to liquidate all of the assets being used to support their currencies. Ken Sweet, BostonGlobe.com, 13 June 2022 See More

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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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15 Aug 2022

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“Liquidate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquidate. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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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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