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terminate

verb

  1. (change)  to bring to an end or halt
    Synonyms: ax [American spelling], axe, break, close out, end, interrupt. Type of: change. Causes:...
  2. (have, end, temporal)  to have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; used spatially or figuratively
    Synonyms: cease, end, finish, stop. Caused by: end
  3. (be)  to be the end of; to be the last or concluding part of
    Synonyms: end. Type of: be
  4. (remove)  to terminate the employment of; to discharge from an office or position
    Synonyms: can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the ax [American spelling],...

Etymology summary

"to bring to an end", from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare "to...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

terminate | terminative [adjective, derived]

[when] intr, often followed by in or with to form, be, or put an end (to); conclude, | [transitive] to connect (suitable circuitry) to the end of an ... (27 of 496 words, 4 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

terminate [entry 1, adjective]

coming to an end or capable of ending (8 of 31 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/terminate

terminate [entry 2, verb] | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | assassinate [synonym, sense-specific] | close [synonym, sense-specific] | kill [synonym, sense-specific] | close out [synonym, sense-specific] | complete [synonym, sense-specific] | conclude [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to extend only to a limit (as a point or line) ; especially, to reach a terminus | to form an ending | to come to an end in time | to bring to an end; ... (33 of 210 words, 6 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

terminate | terminate in | terminate someone with extreme prejudice | dismiss [synonym, sense-specific]

bring to an end | end (a pregnancy) before term by artificial means. | (of a train, bus, or boat service) end its journey | [North American] : end the ... (27 of 171 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Terminate [disambiguation]

may refer to: Electrical termination, ending a wire or cable properly to prevent interference | Termination of employment, the end of an employee's duration with an employer | Terminate and Stay Resident, utility programs used in DOS | Exit (operating ... (37 of 132 words, 10 definitions)

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Random House Dictionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle]

to bring to an end; put an end to. | to occur at or form the conclusion of. | to bound or limit spatially; form or be situated at the extremity of. | ... (30 of 117 words, 8 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

To bring to an end or halt | To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish | To discontinue the employment of; dismiss | To come to an end | To ... (30 of 111 words, 5 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

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New World Dictionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminative [adjective, related]

to bring to an end in space or time; form the end or conclusion of; limit, bound, finish, or conclude | to put an end to; stop; cease | [United ... (28 of 82 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present] | kill [synonym, sense-specific] | Terminated [synonym, sense-specific] | bounded [synonym, sense-specific] | limited [synonym, sense-specific] | ended [synonym, sense-specific]

[transitive, intransitive, formal] To finish or end. | [transitive, euphemism] To kill. | [transitive, euphemism] To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off. | Terminated; limited; bounded; ended. | Having a definite and clear... (35 of 63 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

terminate [intransitive/transitive, formal] | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

if something terminates, or if you terminate it, it ends or you stop it (14 of 50 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

terminate [entry 1, formal]

to (cause something to) end or stop (7 of 36 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/terminate 1

terminate [entry 2, formal, specialized]

to end a pregnancy intentionally, usually by a medical operation (10 of 19 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/terminate 2

Encarta Dictionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

to come to an end, or bring something to an end | to discontinue somebody's or a group's employment | to murder or assassinate somebody (slang) (24 of 97 words, 3 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719201​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

terminate

First use: 1610s

Origin: "to bring to an end", from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare "to limit, end". Sense of "to come to an end" is recorded from ... (26 of 43 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

terminate | terminate in

First use: late 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "direct an action towards a specified end"): from Latin terminat- "limited, ended", from the verb terminare, from ... (23 of 26 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare ("to set bounds to, bound, limit, end, close, terminate"), from terminus ("a bound, limit, end"); see term, terminus. Compare termine.

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Collins Dictionary:

terminate

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin terminātus limited, from termināre to set boundaries, from terminus end

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New World Dictionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle]

Origin: Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare, to end, limit from terminus: see "term"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin termināre, termināt-, from terminus, end.

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Merriam-Webster:

terminate [entry 1, adjective]

First use: 15th century

Origin: Middle English, from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus

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Encarta Dictionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Latin terminat-, past participle of terminare from terminus "end, boundary, limit"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861719201​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

terminate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "terminate"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

terminate [intransitive/transitive, formal] | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "terminate"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

terminate [intransitive/transitive, formal] | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "terminate"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

terminate [entry 1, formal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "terminate"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "terminate"

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the Free Dictionary:

terminate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "terminate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "terminate"

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Google Dictionary:

terminate | terminated [past tense] | terminating [present participle] | terminates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "terminate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

terminate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "terminate"

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terminate

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YourDictionary Audio:

terminate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "terminate" by speech synthesizer

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