[ lik-wi-dey-shuhn ]
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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.

  1. the state of being liquidated: an estate in liquidation.

Origin of liquidation

First recorded in 1565–75; liquidate + -ion

Other words from liquidation

  • non·liq·ui·da·tion, noun
  • pre·liq·ui·da·tion, noun
  • re·liq·ui·da·tion, noun

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

How to use liquidation in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for liquidation


/ (ˌlɪkwɪˈdeɪʃən) /

    • the process of terminating the affairs of a business firm, etc, by realizing its assets to discharge its liabilities

    • 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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Cultural definitions for liquidation


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

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