terminate

verb
ter·​mi·​nate | \ ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce terminate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce terminate (audio) \

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

Though, of course, that contract has probably been terminated, Jordyn definitely made some coin modeling for Khloé's highly successful jean line. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Jordyn Woods' Net Worth is Still Insane Even Without Kylie Jenner's Support," 3 Apr. 2019 As the contract unfortunately could only be terminated for cause, payments continued to be made until the contract expired by its own terms in February 2018. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Novartis Put Money In Michael Cohen’s Cookie Jar. Did It Get Any Cookies In Return?," 9 May 2018 The claim came after lawmakers decided to terminate their lease for the downtown building, on West Fourth Avenue, by not setting aside money to pay for it. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Landlords won’t get paid despite Alaska Legislature walking away from building lease, judge rules," 17 Apr. 2018 The shift in strategy comes as several longtime executives have left the company in recent months, and this week XPO terminated Chief Operating Officer Kenneth Wagers, a former Amazon executive brought on less than a year ago. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "XPO Logistics Dropped Acquisition Bid After Short-Seller Report, CEO Says," 13 Mar. 2019 Trump has tried terminating the Obama-era DACA program, which shields people brought to the U.S. illegally as children, but has been blocked so far by federal judges. Andrew Taylor, The Seattle Times, "Senate sets up showdown votes on shutdown plans," 22 Jan. 2019 There was a fair dose of wailing and gnashing of teeth at the news that Calvin Klein was terminating its Raf Simons experiment—early and with immediate effect—shortly before Christmas. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "6 Talking Points From the Fall 2019 Menswear Season to Come Inspired by Virgil... (Not the Virgil that You’re Thinking Of)," 3 Jan. 2019 Clearly, it was taken very seriously given the company terminated those individuals. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Tinder fires its head of comms, following her participation in a $2 billion lawsuit against Match," 18 Dec. 2018 Dawn Adams was only a child when her mother’s parental rights were terminated by the U.S. government; two years later, her adoption process began. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Dawnland Documentary Shows How the U.S. Government Took Indigenous Children From Their Homes — and Placed Them With White Families," 5 Nov. 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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terminate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of terminate

formal
: to end in a particular way or at a particular place
: to cause (something) to end
US : to take a job away from (someone)

terminate

verb
ter·​mi·​nate | \ ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce terminate (audio) \
terminated; terminating

Kids Definition of terminate

: end entry 2, close I terminated my membership.

terminate

verb
ter·​mi·​nate | \ ˈtər-mə-ˌnāt How to pronounce terminate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce termination (audio) \ noun

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