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

And Biden would terminate their advertising tax break in an effort to also help lower costs. NBC News, "What's in, and out, of Biden's health care plan," 16 July 2019 Under city ordinance, landlords can lawfully terminate a month-to-month lease as long as the tenant is notified in writing at least 30 days in advance. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "Albany Park renters form tenants union as family fears displacement from home of 16 years," 15 July 2019 Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Friday terminated ICE's access to Chicago Police Department databases and increased the city's Legal Protection Fund by $250,000 to support legal aid to immigrants. Author: Abigail Hauslohner, Nick Miroff, Anchorage Daily News, "Immigrant families wait in dread, but no sign of large-scale enforcement raids," 15 July 2019 Now, nearly two years after the longtime Today show anchor was terminated by the network, Roque has officially filed for divorce. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "Everything to Know About Matt Lauer's Complicated Divorce from Wife Annette Roque," 10 July 2019 Verizon terminated its sales agreements with those roadside assistance companies in March 2019. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "T-Mobile says it can’t be sued by users because of forced-arbitration clause," 9 July 2019 His felony convictions — assault with a firearm and shooting at an unoccupied dwelling — terminated that constitutional right. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Gun offenders more likely to commit crime again, says study," 7 July 2019 The 23-year-old's contract with Los Rojiblancos was terminated when his lawyers and representatives from City paid the release clause to La Liga. SI.com, "Man City Seals Club-Record Signing of Rodri From Atletico Madrid," 4 July 2019 Of those seven, four have been terminated, including school resource officer Scot Peterson, who was criticized for his shooting response. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Las Vegas police fires an officer who 'froze' in hotel hallway during 2017 massacre," 4 July 2019

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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

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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