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 Chicago's school board on Wednesday will consider whether to terminate its $33 million contract with the Chicago Police Department to provide resource officers in schools. Editors, USA TODAY, "Police reform bill, NBA season restart, Roger Stone case: 5 things to know Wednesday," 24 June 2020 In a letter, interim Chief Robert Schroeder wrote that after Tuesday's pretermination hearing, Schroeder decided to proceed and terminate Hankison. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Officer Brett Hankison fired from LMPD in Breonna Taylor shooting, has 10 days to appeal," 24 June 2020 The team seeks an unnamed amount in compensatory damages and a declaratory judgement that the team was right to terminate its contract with Premier. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Lawsuit: FC Cincinnati stadium should have naming rights sponsor by now," 22 June 2020 Lakeside Academy had to terminate at least eight employees because of improper use of restraints and/or failure to use proper de-escalation techniques, and/or improper supervision of residents, according to the lawsuit. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "Attorney compares Michigan teen's death at Kalamazoo facility to George Floyd's," 22 June 2020 The pair depart the farm after a very brief stay and Alice accompanies Astrid to terminate the pregnancy. EW.com, "The Politician season 2 binge recap," 19 June 2020 Within moments, one of Trump’s top immigration officials at the Department of Homeland Security, tweeted that the administration is eager to terminate the protections for the young immigrants in a way that will pass muster with the court. Emily Cochrane, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump says administration will try again to end ‘Dreamers’ program," 19 June 2020 The resolution, which will be taken up by the school board, calls for MPS to terminate all contracts with the Milwaukee Police Department for school resource officers, as they're called. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MPS considers terminating Milwaukee police contract to patrol outside buildings," 17 June 2020 On June 10, the Birmingham Board of Education voted to terminate its leases with the Church of the Highlands, which had been paying Birmingham City Schools $6,000 a week to rent the facilities at Parker and Woodlawn High Schools on Sunday mornings. al, "Church of the Highlands Pastor: ‘Not the same Chris Hodges I was two weeks ago’," 14 June 2020

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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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Time Traveler for terminate

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The first known use of terminate was in the 15th century

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28 Jun 2020

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“Terminate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/terminate. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for terminate

terminate

verb
How to pronounce terminate (audio)

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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