[ lik-wi-dey-shuh n ]
/ ˌlɪk wɪˈdeɪ ʃən /


the process of realizing upon assets and of discharging liabilities in concluding the affairs of a business, estate, etc.
the process of converting securities or commodities into cash.
the state of being liquidated: an estate in liquidation.

Origin of liquidation

First recorded in 1565–75; liquidate + -ion

Related forms

non·liq·ui·da·tion, nounpre·liq·ui·da·tion, nounre·liq·ui·da·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for liquidation


/ (ˌlɪkwɪˈdeɪʃən) /


  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)
destruction; elimination
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Culture 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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