- 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.
- 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).
Origin of terminate
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Related Wordsrecess, conclude, sack, restrict, abort, cease, determine, cancel, complete, abolish, eliminate, halt, discontinue, dismiss, expire, adjourn, discharge, annul, dissolve, perfect
Examples from the Web for terminate
And sometimes, they chose to terminate their pregnancies by having abortions.Is This the Return of Back Alley Abortions?
October 7, 2014
Instead, the county filed to terminate his rights based on his mental illness.One Breakdown Can Mean Losing Your Kid Forever
May 30, 2014
Abortifacients, by contrast, are used to terminate an existing pregnancy.Is Forced Religious Belief Coming to an Employer Near You?
November 27, 2013
Has the IRS taken actions to terminate the offending employees?IRS Singled Out Conservative Groups for Extra Scrutiny
May 10, 2013
Republic wanted to terminate its obligations and put workers in a 401(k) (or at least a more solvent Teamster pension plan).How the IRS Wrecked Your Pension
May 9, 2013
All you will regret is, that she comes to terminate my visit, and take me away with her.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
I hope that will not terminate my engagement, sir, or render me useless?'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
He had never seen the instrument that was to terminate his life.A Tale of Two Cities
He was only enjoying an interview—a vengeance—he was loath to terminate.The Big Tomorrow
I know, and I tell you frankly, but only you, that my career in the police may terminate in consequence.The Law-Breakers
- (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)
Word Origin and History for terminate
1610s, "to bring to an end," from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare "to limit, end" (see terminus). Sense of "to come to an end" is recorded from 1640s; meaning "dismiss from a job" is recorded from 1973; that of "to assassinate" is from 1975. Related: Terminated; terminating.