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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Synonyms & Antonyms for terminate

Synonyms: Verb

close, close out, complete, conclude, end, finish, round (off or out), wind up, wrap up

Antonyms: Verb

begin, commence, inaugurate, open, start

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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

Footage of Kerley spitting into the pizza was first shared to Instagram by a fellow employee, who said in subsequent comments that he, too, was terminated for posting the video. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Comerica Park pizza shop employee fired, arrested for spitting into food," 24 Sep. 2018 The recipient will then receive an invite, and all calls and messages that transpire within that conversation will be encrypted end-to-end until it is terminated. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Skype now offers end-to-end encrypted conversations," 20 Aug. 2018 But in July 2014, six months after Enterprise Information Services took over the contract, he was terminated at the request of the government, representatives of the company said. Sabrina Tavernise, New York Times, "Accused Gunman in Capital Gazette Shooting Left a Trail of Conflicts," 29 June 2018 When Sadeghi confronted Pinscreen’s founder and chief executive, Hao Li, about the issue — as well as unpaid overtime — he was terminated, the complaint alleges. David Pierson, latimes.com, "Lawsuit accuses Los Angeles start-up Pinscreen of misrepresenting its technology," 21 June 2018 She was terminated on Nov. 28, 2016, the district attorney's office said. Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com, "Slidell woman who stole ID for 6-figure job gets 10 years in prison," 29 May 2018 The interest is there, the conversations are going great, and even though there’s been a lot of noise in the media from one of those parties, it has not terminated or caused conflict with any of the other ones. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Bumble called Tinder’s parent company a ‘bully,’ and promised it would never sell to them, ‘no matter the price tag’," 20 Mar. 2018 After three months in the position, Gibson was terminated. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“He never paid us a cent”—man suing Tesla has his own lawsuit-filled past," 31 Oct. 2018 After the decision, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the US would terminate the agreement. Alex Ward, Vox, "A top UN court just told the US to lift some sanctions on Iran," 3 Oct. 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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