[ tur-muh-neyt ]
/ ˈtɜr məˌneɪt /
verb (used with object), ter·mi·nat·ed, ter·mi·nat·ing.
to bring to an end; put an end to: to terminate a contract.
to occur at or form the conclusion of: The countess's soliloquy terminates the play.
to bound or limit spatially; form or be situated at the extremity of.
to dismiss from a job; fire: to terminate employees during a recession.
verb (used without object), ter·mi·nat·ed, ter·mi·nat·ing.
to end, conclude, or cease.
(of a train, bus, or other public conveyance) to end a scheduled run at a certain place: This train terminates in New York.
to come to an end (often followed by at, in, or with).
to issue or result (usually followed by in).
Words nearby terminate
Origin of terminate
OTHER WORDS FROM terminate
ter·mi·na·tive, adjectiveter·mi·na·tive·ly, adverbnon·ter·mi·na·tive, adjectivenon·ter·mi·na·tive·ly, adverb
self-ter·mi·nat·ing, adjectiveself-ter·mi·na·tive, adjectiveun·ter·mi·nat·ed, adjectiveun·ter·mi·nat·ing, adjectiveun·ter·mi·na·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for self-terminating
/ (ˈtɜːmɪˌneɪt) /
(when intr, often foll by in or with) to form, be, or put an end (to); concludeto terminate a pregnancy; their relationship terminated amicably
(tr) to connect (suitable circuitry) to the end of an electrical transmission line to absorb the energy and avoid reflections
(intr) maths (of a decimal expansion) to have only a finite number of digits
(tr) slang to kill (someone)
Derived forms of terminateterminative, adjectiveterminatory, adjective
Word Origin for terminate
C16: from Latin terminātus limited, from termināre to set boundaries, from terminus end
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