Thesaurus

terminate

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of terminate

  1. 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 Synonyms of terminate close out, complete, conclude, end, finish, round (off or out), close, wind up, wrap upWords Related to terminate climax, crown; consummate, perfect; halt, stop, suspendAntonyms of terminate begin, commence, inaugurate, open, start

  2. 2 to come to an end this class will terminate with the arrival of Memorial Day Synonyms of terminate break off, break up, close, conclude, dead-end, determine, die, discontinue, elapse, end, expire, finish, go, halt, lapse, leave off, let up, pass, quit, stop, cease, wind up, wink (out)Words Related to terminate desist (from), lay off (of), refrain (from); give over [British], knock off, pack (up or in); break down, conk (out), cut out, stall; pause, stay, suspend; abate, peter (out), wind downNear Antonyms of terminate draw out, extend, prolong, protractAntonyms of terminate continue, hang on, persist

  3. 3 to mark the limits of terminated the area set aside for the runners to change their clothes with a series of folding screens Synonyms of terminate bound, circumscribe, define, delimit, demarcate, demark, mark (off), limitWords Related to terminate control, determine, govern; delineate, describe

  4. 4 to put to death deliberately the operative's covert mission was to terminate the leader of the opposition Synonyms of terminate assassinate, bump off, croak [slang], dispatch, do in, execute, get, ice [slang], knock off, liquidate, neutralize, off [slang], put away, rub out, slay, snuff, take out, murder, whack [slang]Words Related to terminate blow away, shoot, shoot down; blot out, carry off, claim, cut down, destroy, fell, kill, smite, zap; butcher, massacre, mow (down), slaughter; annihilate, eliminate, eradicate, exterminate, wipe outNear Antonyms of terminate animate, raise, restore, resurrect, resuscitate, revive

  5. 5 to let go from office, service, or employment he was terminated for constantly coming in to work late Synonyms of terminate ax (or axe), bounce, can, cashier, discharge, fire, muster out, pink-slip, release, remove, retire, sack, dismiss, turn offWords Related to terminate downsize, excess, furlough, lay off, trim; boot (out), chuck (out), drum (out), kick out, throw out, unseat; separateNear Antonyms of terminate keep; reemploy, rehire; contract, subcontract; recruitAntonyms of terminate employ, engage, hire, retain, sign (up or on), take on

Synonym Discussion of terminate

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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