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
Instead, the company tries to liquidate goods through its own online shop (competing with eBay listings) and remains in discussions with retailers about potential partnerships.
The textbook solution is to implement a long-term plan where portions of the stock are liquidated in a tax-advantaged manner.
This was allegedly followed by a full staff layoff and an announcement that the company's remaining assets would be liquidated.
Stung by the cuts, Miami-Dade last year liquidated more than $4.5 million in reserves of the special restaurant tax that provides local dollars for homeless programs.
Takada, whose family owns the majority stake of Takata, will step down and potentially liquidate his shares in the company.
The government kicked in 5.2 billion euros to keep the takeover from weakening Intesa Sanpaolo’s finances, and gave credit guarantees for a further 12 billion euros to finance the parts of the banks that are being liquidated.
So will shareholders in the banks, which will eventually be liquidated.
Among those who would become directors in that decade were Edsel Ford, C.S. Mott, from General Motors; Ransom Olds and Roy Chapin; and it too was liquidated early on in the Great Depression.
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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 1575See Words from the same year
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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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