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verb (used with object), liq·ui·dat·ed, liq·ui·dat·ing.
  1. to settle or pay (a debt): to liquidate a claim.
  2. to reduce (accounts) to order; determine the amount of (indebtedness or damages).
  3. to convert (inventory, securities, or other assets) into cash.
  4. to get rid of, especially by killing: to liquidate the enemies of the regime.
  5. to break up or do away with: to liquidate a partnership.
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verb (used without object), liq·ui·dat·ed, liq·ui·dat·ing.
  1. to liquidate debts or accounts; go into liquidation.
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Origin of liquidate

1565–75; 1920–25 for def 4; < Late Latin liquidātus, past participle of liquidāre to melt, make clear. See liquid, -ate1
Related formsnon·liq·ui·dat·ing, adjectivepre·liq·ui·date, verb (used with object), pre·liq·ui·dat·ed, pre·liq·ui·dat·ing.re·liq·ui·date, verb, re·liq·ui·dat·ed, re·liq·ui·dat·ing.un·liq·ui·dat·ed, adjectiveun·liq·ui·dat·ing, adjective

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Related Words for unliquidated

outstanding, delinquent, overdue, unpaid, unsettled, payable, scheduled, owed, expected, owing, mature, IOU, collectible, due, unliquidated, chargeable, receivable, unsatisfied

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Historical Examples of unliquidated

  • Most of the unliquidated obligations result from transactions booked during the war years.

    State of the Union Addresses of Harry S. Truman

    Harry S. Truman

  • This left 141 billion dollars in unobligated authorizations and unliquidated obligations.

  • The difference is between what is called a liquidated and an unliquidated claim.

    Commercial Law

    Samuel Williston, Richard D. Currier, and Richard W. Hill

  • If the amount of a claim is unliquidated the act sets forth the mode of proceeding.

British Dictionary definitions for unliquidated


    1. to settle or pay off (a debt, claim, etc)
    2. to determine by litigation or agreement the amount of (damages, indebtedness, etc)
    1. to terminate the operations of (a commercial firm, bankrupt estate, etc) by assessment of liabilities and appropriation of assets for their settlement
    2. (of a commercial firm, etc) to terminate operations in this manner
  1. (tr) to convert (assets) into cash
  2. (tr) to eliminate or kill
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Word Origin and History for unliquidated



1570s, "to reduce to order, to set out clearly" (of accounts), from Late Latin or Medieval Latin liquidatus, past participle of liquidare "to melt, make liquid or clear, clarify," from Latin liquidus (see liquid). Sense of "clear away" (a debt) first recorded 1755. The meaning "wipe out, kill" is from 1924, possibly from Russian likvidirovat. Related: Liquidated; liquidating.

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