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terminate

verb

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1 to bring (an event) to a natural or appropriate stopping point
  • we need to terminate the discussion for this evening, but we'll resume tomorrow morning

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2 to come to an end
  • this class will terminate with the arrival of Memorial Day

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3 to mark the limits of
  • terminated the area set aside for the runners to change their clothes with a series of folding screens

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4 to put to death deliberately
  • the operative's covert mission was to terminate the leader of the opposition

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5 to let go from office, service, or employment
  • he was terminated for constantly coming in to work late

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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

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

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“Terminate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/terminate. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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