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 Banks can either liquidate a note by accelerating its maturation, or by delisting it, depending on how the product is structured. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "Runaway ETNs Trap Traders in ‘Wild West’ of Index Investing," 19 Oct. 2020 Assuming an unchanged cash flow in 2020, the fund will need to liquidate about $10.5 billion worth of assets to meet government withdrawals. Lars Erik Taraldsen, Bloomberg.com, "Norway Reveals Record Withdrawals From $1.1 Trillion Fund," 7 Oct. 2020 If restructuring efforts fail, some companies will end up having to liquidate and shut down altogether. Washington Post, "Bonuses before bankruptcy: Companies doled out millions to executives before filing for Chapter 11," 26 Oct. 2020 At an emergency meeting Sept. 16, the Public House members voted to liquidate or sell the business. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The coronavirus crisis has claimed another Milwaukee music venue: Riverwest Public House Cooperative," 29 Sep. 2020 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

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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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18 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liquidate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liquidate. Accessed 27 Nov. 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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