Definition of terminate
- terminate a marriage by divorce
- terminate a transmission line
- workers terminated because of slow business
- review questions terminate each chapter
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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.
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
: 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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