terminate

[tur-muh-neyt]
verb (used with object), terminated, terminating.
1.
to bring to an end; put an end to: to terminate a contract.
2.
to occur at or form the conclusion of: The countess's soliloquy terminates the play.
3.
to bound or limit spatially; form or be situated at the extremity of.
4.
to dismiss from a job; fire: to terminate employees during a recession.
verb (used without object), terminated, terminating.
5.
to end, conclude, or cease.
6.
(of a train, bus, or other public conveyance) to end a scheduled run at a certain place: This train terminates in New York.
7.
to come to an end (often followed by at, in, or with ).
8.
to issue or result (usually followed by in ).

Origin:
1580–90; v. use of late Middle English terminate (adj.) limited < Latin terminātus, past participle of termināre. See term, -ate1

terminative, adjective
terminatively, adverb
nonterminative, adjective
nonterminatively, adverb
self-terminating, adjective
self-terminative, adjective
unterminated, adjective
unterminating, adjective
unterminative, adjective

downsize, fire, lay off, rightsize, terminate.


1, 2. end, finish, conclude, close, complete.
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terminate (ˈtɜːmɪˌneɪt)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by in or with)
1.  to form, be, or put an end (to); conclude: to terminate a pregnancy; their relationship terminated amicably
2.  (tr) to connect (suitable circuitry) to the end of an electrical transmission line to absorb the energy and avoid reflections
3.  (intr) maths (of a decimal expansion) to have only a finite number of digits
4.  slang (tr) to kill (someone)
 
[C16: from Latin terminātus limited, from termināre to set boundaries, from terminus end]
 
'terminative
 
adj
 
'terminatory
 
adj

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terminate
1610s, "to bring to an end," from L. terminatus, pp. of terminare "to limit, end" (see terminus). Sense of "to come to an end" is recorded from 1640s; meaning "dismiss from a job" is recorded from 1973; that of "to assassinate" is from 1975. Related: Terminated; terminating.
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Example sentences
He presented it to me and pointed to an imprint of a tiny stem that terminated
  in a rudimentary flower.
Polymers can and should be depolymerized when their useful life is terminated.
The conflict is one which certainly cannot be terminated by the utter rout of
  the actor profession.
The inflammation continued several weeks, and at length terminated in the
  formation of three or four small abscesses.
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