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[lik-wi-dey-shuh n]
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  1. the process of realizing upon assets and of discharging liabilities in concluding the affairs of a business, estate, etc.
  2. the process of converting securities or commodities into cash.
  3. the state of being liquidated: an estate in liquidation.
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Origin of liquidation

First recorded in 1565–75; liquidate + -ion
Related formsnon·liq·ui·da·tion, nounpre·liq·ui·da·tion, nounre·liq·ui·da·tion, noun
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Related Words for liquidation

eradication, removal, expulsion, withdrawal, clearance, destruction, elimination, extinction, slaughter, cut, rejection, exclusion, ejection, displacement, extermination, purge, omission, discard, riddance, ruination

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British Dictionary definitions for liquidation


    1. the process of terminating the affairs of a business firm, etc, by realizing its assets to discharge its liabilities
    2. the state of a business firm, etc, having its affairs so terminated (esp in the phrase to go into liquidation)
  1. destruction; elimination
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Word Origin and History for liquidation


1570s, noun of action from Late Latin liquidare (see liquidate); originally as a legal term in reference to assets; of inconvenient groups of persons, 1925 in communist writings.

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liquidation in Culture


The conversion of the assets of a firm into cash, often just before the firm goes out of business.

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