[ lik-wi-deyt ]
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verb (used with object),liq·ui·dat·ed, liq·ui·dat·ing.
  1. to settle or pay (a debt): to liquidate a claim.

  2. to reduce (accounts) to order; determine the amount of (indebtedness or damages).

  1. to convert (inventory, securities, or other assets) into cash.

  2. to get rid of, especially by killing: to liquidate the enemies of the regime.

  3. to break up or do away with: to liquidate a partnership.

verb (used without object),liq·ui·dat·ed, liq·ui·dat·ing.
  1. 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

Other words for liquidate

Other words from liquidate

  • non·liq·ui·dat·ing, adjective
  • pre·liq·ui·date, verb (used with object), pre·liq·ui·dat·ed, pre·liq·ui·dat·ing.
  • re·liq·ui·date, verb, re·liq·ui·dat·ed, re·liq·ui·dat·ing.
  • un·liq·ui·dat·ed, adjective
  • un·liq·ui·dat·ing, adjective

Words Nearby liquidate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use liquidate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for liquidate


/ (ˈlɪkwɪˌdeɪt) /

    • 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

  1. (tr) to convert (assets) into cash

  2. (tr) to eliminate or kill

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