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

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. Unabridged
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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]

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Word Origin & History

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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