terminate

verb
ter·mi·nate | \ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt \
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 \

Definition of terminate (Entry 2 of 2)

: coming to an end or capable of ending

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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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The three wanted to test their right to terminate their services for any reason under these particular agreements. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "CAA, UTA Headed to Second Arbitration Over "Lawless Midnight Raid"," 11 July 2018 On Wednesday, Atlanta Beltline CEO Brian McGowan sent a letter to developer Jeff Fuqua informing him that the agency and Invest Atlanta, the city’s development arm, decided to terminate the deal. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, "Beltline scraps sale of land for big project at Piedmont Park," 7 July 2018 The notices also had to include a phone number women could call to find out more about their options to terminate a pregnancy. Megan Friedman, Marie Claire, "The Supreme Court Just Ruled in Favor of Anti-Choice ‘Crisis Pregnancy Centers’," 26 June 2018 In the event that District 204 experiences significant financial hardship or an increase in revenue due to state legislative changes, the contract includes language that allows either side to terminate the contract after second year. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "New contract gives Indian Prairie teachers annual pay raises of up to 4%," 22 May 2018 Before district court rulings find themselves in conflict with each other, Mr. Sessions and the US Justice Department face their own conflict – seeking to terminate the DACA program while now being called on to defend it. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "With dueling DACA cases, Supreme Court showdown seems inevitable," 4 May 2018 But in 2012, the state of Massachusetts ruled that the hair test alone is not enough to terminate employment. Ellen Airhart, WIRED, "The Hairy Problem With Drug Testing," 1 Apr. 2018 On Monday, the Community High School District 128 School Board met in emergency session and voted unanimously to terminate the coach's employment. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Judge denies reduction in $1 million bond for former Vernon Hills soccer coach accused of sexual assault," 13 Mar. 2018 He was terminated from the Forest Preserve District on July 5, the letter said. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "Amid video fallout, Cook County Forest Preserve District reveals fatal crash involving worker and government truck," 11 July 2018

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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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terminate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of terminate

: to end in a particular way or at a particular place

: to cause (something) to end

: to take a job away from (someone)

terminate

verb
ter·mi·nate | \ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt \
terminated; terminating

Kids Definition of terminate

: end entry 2, close I terminated my membership.

terminate

verb
ter·mi·nate | \ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt \
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 \ noun

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