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

Antonyms: Verb

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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 Rodriguez Ortiz's mother said the 27-year-old was pregnant and had received threats from Verdejo-Sanchez, including demands to terminate the pregnancy. Cristina Corujo, ABC News, "Months into state of emergency, Puerto Rico finally approves $7 million to combat gender-based violence," 7 May 2021 Andino contends, that despite those representations, Apple reserves the right to terminate the consumers’ access and use of content at any time, and in fact, has done so on numerous occasions. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Apple false advertising claim survives dismissal motion.," 5 May 2021 Her attorneys sent prison leaders a demand letter, then filed court papers alleging violations of her constitutional right under the 14th Amendment to terminate her pregnancy. Washington Post, "Nebraska corrections official resigns after inmate is denied abortion, citing ‘shame’ to public service," 15 Apr. 2021 Miles and their partners are calling for the government to pay financial reparations to the affected women, and to provide access to safe and legal abortions for those who wish to terminate their pregnancy. Gabrielle Smith, CNN, "Chile's government distributed faulty birth control pills. Now more than 150 people are pregnant.," 6 Apr. 2021 In most cases, the federal government has the right to terminate contracts, but the contractors will seek, and likely receive, compensation. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trump gets his wall, apparently with help from south of the border," 11 Dec. 2020 As a result, the mall has no legal right to terminate the lease or evict Regal, the theater chain argues. oregonlive, "Bridgeport Village attempts to terminate lease of Regal Cinema, its largest tenant, for unpaid rent," 1 Dec. 2020 Under moderate risk conditions, the officer should terminate the chase if the identity of the suspect is known, but the policy says vehicle registration/tag number does not constitute a positive identification. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Vestavia Hills police chase started with traffic stop, ended with Homewood mother killed," 27 Apr. 2021 SpaceX can terminate the agreement at any time with 90 days’ notice. Samantha Masunaga, Los Angeles Times, "SpaceX strikes deal with Port of Long Beach (for real this time, mayor says)," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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12 May 2021

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“Terminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminate. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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 terminate (audio) \ noun

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