Definition of terminate
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
1a : to bring to an end : close terminate a marriage by divorce terminate a transmission lineb : to discontinue the employment of workers terminated because of slow businessc : to form the conclusion of review questions terminate each chapter
2 : to serve as an ending, limit, or boundary of
Recent Examples of terminate from the Web
The government also proposed to terminate mandates of the current Supreme Court judges, and let the justice ministry decide which ones get to stay on and which are replaced.
The family used to get primary care at UC Davis Medical Center, until their Medi-Cal managed care plan under Health Net terminated its contract with the hospital in 2015.
Campbell was terminated from the Hammond Police Department five days after Thomas' body was discovered.
In terminating rights that predate even the U.K.’s own entry into the EU, May is appeasing a long-suffering industry that favored Brexit by wanting the country to reclaim control of its waters.
And what if that's why Hal wanted Alice to terminate her pregnancy?
Among those seeking to terminate him are his father, Billy Minick, and Brad Hickman, whose family is a major force behind a redevelopment underway in the Stockyards.
For those with access to a clinic, the abortion pill has become an increasingly popular way to legally terminate an early pregnancy.
The University of Louisville Foundation told an aide to former President James Ramsey that her salary and benefits will be terminated as of Thursday.
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First Known Use of terminate
Synonym Discussion of terminate
Definition of terminate
: coming to an end or capable of ending
Examples of terminate in a Sentence
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.
Origin and Etymology of terminate
Middle English, from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of terminate for English Language Learners
: to end in a particular way or at a particular place
: to cause (something) to end
: to take a job away from (someone)
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Word Root of terminate
The Latin word terminus, meaning “boundary” or “limit,” gives us the root termin or term. Words from the Latin terminus have something to do with boundaries or limits. A term is a limited period of time during which something, such as school, occurs or exists. To determine is to set exact boundaries for something. To terminate, or cause to end, is to take to a boundary or limit.
Legal Definition of terminate
termination\ˌtər-mə-ˈnā-shən\ play noun
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