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terminate

[tur-muh-neyt] /ˈtɜr məˌneɪt/
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
late Middle English
1580-1590
1580-90; v. use of late Middle English terminate (adj.) limited < Latin terminātus, past participle of termināre. See term, -ate1
Related forms
terminative, adjective
terminatively, adverb
nonterminative, adjective
nonterminatively, adverb
self-terminating, adjective
self-terminative, adjective
unterminated, adjective
unterminating, adjective
unterminative, adjective
Can be confused
downsize, fire, lay off, rightsize, terminate.
Synonyms
1, 2. end, finish, conclude, close, complete.
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Examples from the web for terminated
  • 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.
  • The panel said funds for the programs should be terminated.
  • It was then that his tenure as scoutmaster was terminated.
  • No society functions without the recognition that life may be terminated for good reasons.
  • It wrote off bad debts and terminated some distributors.
  • Facilities that previously were active but have since had their permits terminated are not listed.
  • If pensions were terminated, employees would receive reduced benefits through financing from the federal pension agency.
British Dictionary definitions for terminated

terminate

/ˈtɜːmɪˌneɪt/
verb
1.
when intr, often foll by in or with. to form, be, or put an end (to); conclude: to terminate a pregnancy, their relationship terminated amicably
2.
(transitive) to connect (suitable circuitry) to the end of an electrical transmission line to absorb the energy and avoid reflections
3.
(intransitive) (maths) (of a decimal expansion) to have only a finite number of digits
4.
(transitive) (slang) to kill (someone)
Derived Forms
terminative, adjective
terminatory, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin terminātus limited, from termināre to set boundaries, from terminus end
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Word Origin and History for terminated

terminate

v.

1610s, "to bring to an end," from Latin terminatus, past participle 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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