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 liquidation (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 Zorbalas had bought a considerable amount of troubled debt from Frenz, and without Frenz, Zorbalas might have had to liquidate his entire Minneapolis portfolio, comprising hundreds of units. Matthew Desmond, New York Times, "The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord," 13 Oct. 2020 Stan’s path to the auction block began in 2015, when Neal Larson, a 35-percent shareholder in the Black Hills Institute (and brother of the institute’s president, paleontologist Pete Larson), sued the company to liquidate its assets. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "'Stan' the T. rex just sold for $31.8 million—and scientists are furious," 12 Oct. 2020 While stocks have since rebounded, Allianz Global Investors was forced to liquidate two of its hedge funds as a result of steep losses, prompting the litigation from investors. Hanna Ziady, CNN, "Transit workers, truckers and teachers say Allianz gambled away billions in pensions," 29 Sep. 2020 The new SECURE Act requires non-spouse beneficiaries who are more than 10 years younger than the original account owner to liquidate the entire account within 10 years. Mark Skoneki, orlandosentinel.com, "Free financial service helps Sentinel readers manage their money," 8 Oct. 2020 Dreyfus also cited limited availability of securities in its decision to liquidate a New Jersey fund. Dawn Lim And Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Coronavirus Pandemic Hastens the Demise of at-Risk Municipal Money Funds," 6 Oct. 2020 On Tuesday, the board of directors for the parent company of Luby’s and Fuddruckers approved a plan to liquidate both restaurants. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Texas restaurants Fuddruckers and Luby’s announce plans to liquidate," 8 Sep. 2020 Members of the company's board announced on Tuesday a plan to liquidate, which includes selling assets and real estate and returning cash to shareholders. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, "Texas chains Luby's and Fuddruckers will be up for sale in liquidation plan," 8 Sep. 2020 The bankrupt company will liquidate all its inventory and the lender will seek to collect as much money from the liquidation as possible. Alexandra Ossola, Quartz, "Why bankruptcy is rarely the end for retailers in dire straits," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Liquidate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquidate. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for liquidate

liquidate

verb
How to pronounce liquidate (audio)

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)
informal : 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 liquidation (audio) \ noun

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