terminate

verb
ter·​mi·​nate | \ ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce terminate (audio) \
terminated; terminating

Definition of terminate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to form an ending
2 : to come to an end in time
3 : to extend only to a limit (such as a point or line) especially : to reach a terminus

transitive verb

1a : to bring to an end : close terminate a marriage by divorce terminate a transmission line
b : to discontinue the employment of workers terminated because of slow business
c : to form the conclusion of review questions terminate each chapter
2 : to serve as an ending, limit, or boundary of

terminate

adjective
ter·​mi·​nate | \ ˈtər-mə-nət How to pronounce terminate (audio) \

Definition of terminate (Entry 2 of 2)

: coming to an end or capable of ending

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Synonyms & Antonyms for terminate

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Verb

close, end, conclude, finish, complete, terminate mean to bring or come to a stopping point or limit. close usually implies that something has been in some way open as well as unfinished. close a debate end conveys a strong sense of finality. ended his life conclude may imply a formal closing (as of a meeting). the service concluded with a blessing finish may stress completion of a final step in a process. after it is painted, the house will be finished complete implies the removal of all deficiencies or a successful finishing of what has been undertaken. the resolving of this last issue completes the agreement terminate implies the setting of a limit in time or space. your employment terminates after three months

Examples of terminate in a Sentence

Verb The branches of that tree terminate in flower clusters. The rail line terminates in Boston. You have to terminate the program before the computer will shut down properly. His contract was terminated last month. He was terminated last month. Plans are being made to terminate unproductive employees.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Under moderate risk conditions, the officer should terminate the chase if the identity of the suspect is known, but the policy says vehicle registration/tag number does not constitute a positive identification. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Vestavia Hills police chase started with traffic stop, ended with Homewood mother killed," 27 Apr. 2021 SpaceX can terminate the agreement at any time with 90 days’ notice. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX strikes deal with Port of Long Beach (for real this time, mayor says)," 26 Apr. 2021 Legislation would terminate the 6% ambulatory surgical centers gross receipts tax and replaces it with a 6.35% sales tax, subject to certain exclusions. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Here are the proposed new taxes for Connecticut that the General Assembly is considering," 24 Apr. 2021 If the defender doesn’t return to Mexico, the club will terminate his contract. orlandosentinel.com, "Former Orlando City defender Jonathan Suárez files motion to return to Mexico, play for Club Tijuana," 6 Apr. 2021 Under Indiana law, the General Assembly can terminate an emergency order with such a resolution. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, "Legislation to end Holcomb's emergency declaration gains momentum," 22 Mar. 2021 The newest language in his bill would, among other things, terminate the state’s general mask order immediately but would allow local health departments to require face coverings with approval from their county commissions or councils. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Updated pandemic ‘endgame’ bill would do away with most masks but leave face coverings in schools," 3 Mar. 2021 With a rational number—one with an end—the layers of fractions will terminate, or run out, eventually. Popular Mechanics, "This Inmate Used Solitary Confinement to Learn Math. Now He's Solving the World's Hardest Equations," 21 Feb. 2021 The network will terminate her contract effective immediately. Fox News, "Sarah Huckabee Sanders to announce bid for Arkansas governor," 25 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of terminate

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for terminate

Adjective

Middle English, from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus

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The first known use of terminate was in the 15th century

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30 Apr 2021

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“Terminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminate. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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terminate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of terminate

formal
: to end in a particular way or at a particular place
: to cause (something) to end
US : to take a job away from (someone)

terminate

verb
ter·​mi·​nate | \ ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce terminate (audio) \
terminated; terminating

Kids Definition of terminate

: end entry 2, close I terminated my membership.

terminate

verb
ter·​mi·​nate | \ ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce terminate (audio) \
terminated; terminating

Legal Definition of terminate

intransitive verb

: to come to an end in time or effect

transitive verb

1 : to bring to a definite end especially before a natural conclusion terminate a contract — compare cancel, rescind
2 : to discontinue the employment of

Other Words from terminate

termination \ ˌtər-​mə-​ˈnā-​shən How to pronounce terminate (audio) \ noun

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