verb (used with object), liq·ui·dat·ed, liq·ui·dat·ing.
verb (used without object), liq·ui·dat·ed, liq·ui·dat·ing.
Origin of liquidate
Examples from the Web for liquidate
“Economic diversity,” by contrast, brings economic difference into higher education in order to liquidate the difference.
It is not enough to liquidate the most brutal forms of power and tell people they are now free.Daenerys Goes to Washington: The Modern Politics of ‘Game of Thrones’|Jedediah Purdy|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When a business runs into this sort of problem, we know what to do: liquidate and sell off the non-performing assets.
As workers went on strike and the company threatened to liquidate, Hostess was essentially crippled.Twinkies Are Coming Back: The Metropoulos Brothers on the Brand|Daniel Gross|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Stockman both predicts imminent raging inflation and urges investors to liquidate their investors and hide in cash.
The proprietors lost all their capital, and were called upon to liquidate heavy liabilities besides.A Comprehensive History of Norwich|A. D. Bayne
Since federation no chartered bank has been compelled to liquidate without paying its note-holders in full.
The total debt was not more than $150, yet neither the Washington members nor Kelley could find funds to liquidate it.The Agrarian Crusade|Solon J. Buck
His full pay as captain enabled him to remit money home, and to liquidate debts.
And pray, sir, how much of that is destined to go to the money-lenders to liquidate your gambling-debts?Rank and Talent; A Novel, Vol. II (of 3)|William Pitt Scargill
British Dictionary definitions for liquidate
- to settle or pay off (a debt, claim, etc)
- to determine by litigation or agreement the amount of (damages, indebtedness, etc)
- to terminate the operations of (a commercial firm, bankrupt estate, etc) by assessment of liabilities and appropriation of assets for their settlement
- (of a commercial firm, etc) to terminate operations in this manner
Word Origin and History for liquidate
1570s, "to reduce to order, to set out clearly" (of accounts), from Late Latin or Medieval Latin liquidatus, past participle of liquidare "to melt, make liquid or clear, clarify," from Latin liquidus (see liquid). Sense of "clear away" (a debt) first recorded 1755. The meaning "wipe out, kill" is from 1924, possibly from Russian likvidirovat. Related: Liquidated; liquidating.