liquidate

[ lik-wi-deyt ]
/ ˈlɪk wɪˌdeɪt /

verb (used with object), liq·ui·dat·ed, liq·ui·dat·ing.

to settle or pay (a debt): to liquidate a claim.
to reduce (accounts) to order; determine the amount of (indebtedness or damages).
to convert (inventory, securities, or other assets) into cash.
to get rid of, especially by killing: to liquidate the enemies of the regime.
to break up or do away with: to liquidate a partnership.

verb (used without object), liq·ui·dat·ed, liq·ui·dat·ing.

to liquidate debts or accounts; go into liquidation.

Origin of liquidate

1565–75; 1920–25 for def 4; < Late Latin liquidātus, past participle of liquidāre to melt, make clear. See liquid, -ate1

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liquidate

/ (ˈlɪkwɪˌdeɪt) /

verb

  1. to settle or pay off (a debt, claim, etc)
  2. to determine by litigation or agreement the amount of (damages, indebtedness, etc)
  1. to terminate the operations of (a commercial firm, bankrupt estate, etc) by assessment of liabilities and appropriation of assets for their settlement
  2. (of a commercial firm, etc) to terminate operations in this manner
(tr) to convert (assets) into cash
(tr) to eliminate or kill
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