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.
to liquidate debts or accounts; go into liquidation.
- 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
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How to use liquidate in a sentence
Those that liquidated, such as Barneys New York, set redemption deadlines for outstanding cards.Americans are on track to buy more gift cards this holiday season than ever before | Rachel King | December 24, 2020 | Fortune
Bankruptcy experts said Lord & Taylor’s decision to liquidate comes as a warning to other retailers in a similar position.
In a letter to customers, chief executive Geoffroy van Raemdonck stressed that the retailer is not liquidating.
Others, like Stage Stores and Lord & Taylor, have said they will liquidate all stores while searching for a buyer.
“If you’re preventing these retailers from liquidating, that helps the whole industry, but yes, there are competitive concerns about how you make store closure decisions,” Tibone says.America’s Largest Shopping Mall Owner Gets a New Tenant: Itself | Daniel Malloy | August 20, 2020 | Ozy
“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 | THE 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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Stockman both predicts imminent raging inflation and urges investors to liquidate their investors and hide in cash.
In due time, as Crothers did not liquidate, the firm became possessed of this tract.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
The thing they all most fear is that some one will "start a run on the bank," force it to liquidate, and everyone will lose.The Behavior of Crowds | Everett Dean Martin
It is believed entirely practicable to liquidate the entire debt in seventeen years from the first payment.
The United States will liquidate every debt at the command of its honor, and every cent will be paid.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 9 (of 12) | Robert G. Ingersoll
As soon as I can I will liquidate my indebtedness to you, and meanwhile I remain, etc.The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3) | Alexander Wheelock Thayer
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
(tr) to convert (assets) into cash
(tr) to eliminate or kill
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