Definition of liquidate
1a (1) : to determine by agreement or by litigation the precise amount of (indebtedness, damages, or accounts) (2) : to determine the liabilities (see liability 2) and apportion assets toward discharging the indebtedness ofb : 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
1 : to liquidate debts, damages, or accounts
liquidationplay \ˌli-kwə-ˈdā-shən\ 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 of liquidate from the Web
The theory was that boomers who had spent their productive years investing for retirement would now be liquidating their stock holdings either to live on or to protect their next eggs by shifting into bonds.
Two years and 400,000 customers later, BigWords filed for bankruptcy, laid off its employees, and changed the locks; a trustee was appointed to account for and liquidate the assets.
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Origin and Etymology of liquidate
Late Latin liquidatus, past participle of liquidare to melt, from Latin liquidus
First Known Use: circa 1575
LIQUIDATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of liquidate for English Language Learners
business : 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)
Legal Definition of liquidate
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
: to liquidate something (as a corporation)
liquidation\ˌli-kwə-ˈdā-shən\ play noun
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