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
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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
His employment with the police force was terminated following his conviction.—Tesfaye Negussie, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 None allowed doctors to provide abortions to patients who want to terminate their pregnancies because of health risks.—Kavitha Surana, ProPublica, 27 Nov. 2023 Paul ended up in the care of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services after his parents' parental rights were terminated, per the agency.—Brian Brant, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 But such restrictions terminated a year ago, making the milestone an unlikely culprit.—Byerin Prater, Fortune Well, 23 Nov. 2023 According to news reports, Seattle, an early adopter, terminated its contract with Truleo in September, a short time after a police union official was inadvertently recorded on camera joking about a young woman killed by another officer.—Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 For this reason alone, Oberlin should terminate his employment.—Benjamin Weinthal, Fox News, 11 Nov. 2023 Advertisement The Ferry Building was conceived at the end of the 19th century as San Francisco’s equivalent to a grand train station, connecting visitors by water to rail lines terminating in the East Bay, King explains.—Benjamin Schneider, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 In the United States, experts note that WeWork’s 18 million square feet is a small fraction of total office inventory in the country – but on a building-by-building level, landlords with exposure to WeWork could take significant hits if their leases are terminated.—Wyatte Grantham-Philips, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Nov. 2023
ChristianaCare, the state’s largest health care system and largest private employer, has stated that all employees must receive the first dose of the vaccine by Sept. 21, or the health system with terminate workers who don’t unless given an exemption.—From Usa Today Network and Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 Aug. 2021 That control gave Puglisi the sole authority to set up new credit card accounts, change spending limits, manage card access and terminate accounts.—Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2021 See More
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Middle English, from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus