[ 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).
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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 terminate
/ (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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