Definition of Terminate

1. Verb. Bring to an end or halt. "They won't terminate the story "; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"

2. Verb. Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical. "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

3. Verb. Be the end of; be the last or concluding part of. "This sad scene ended the movie"
Exact synonyms: End
Specialized synonyms: Close
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: End, End, End, End, End, Ending, Ending, Terminative, Terminus

4. Verb. Terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position. "The company terminated 25% of its workers"

Definition of Terminate

1. v. t. To set a term or limit to; to form the extreme point or side of; to bound; to limit; as, to terminate a surface by a line.

2. v. i. To be limited in space by a point, line, or surface; to stop short; to end; to cease; as, the torrid zone terminates at the tropics.

Definition of Terminate

1. Verb. (transitive or intransitive formal) To finish or end. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive euphemistic) To kill. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive euphemistic) To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off. ¹

4. Adjective. Terminated; limited; bounded; ended. ¹

5. Adjective. Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude. ¹

6. Adjective. (mathematics) Expressible in a finite number of terms; (of a decimal) not recurring or infinite. ¹

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Definition of Terminate


Lexicographical Neighbors of Terminate

terminal symbol
terminal symbols
terminal thread
terminal transferase
terminal transferases
terminal vein
terminal velocities
terminal velocity
terminal ventricle
terminal web
terminally ill
terminate (current term)
terminate with extreme prejudice
termination codon
termination dust
termination factor
termination region
termination sequence
termination shock

Literary usage of Terminate

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: To which are Now First Added, I. An by John Locke (1828)
"Thirdly, Though there be a great may be compared one with another, and simple ideas: i , .,, ,, °j terminate in so a multitude of relations; ..."

2. The Lancet (1860)
"The former compose two great plexi, the branches of which terminate in the pulmonary veins ; " the blood which is distributed by the bronchial arteries is ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1889)
"In some of the lower animals the nerves terminate 01 ing the skin at the base of rod-like structures similar, respects, to the rods of the retina, ..."

4. Thirty Years' View: Or, A History of the Working of the American Government by Thomas Hart Benton (1858)
"... NOTICE TO terminate IT. THESE conventions provided for the joint occupation of the countries respectively claimed by Great Britain and the United States ..."

5. The Works of John Locke by John Locke (1823)
"Al °, terminate in so a multitude of relations; yet they all terminate in, and are concerned about, those simple ideas, either of sensation or reflection: ..."

6. The Law of Contracts by Samuel Williston, Clarence Martin Lewis (1920)
"Notice of intent to terminate contract of employment. The termination of a contract of employment is subject to the same rules which govern the discharge of ..."

7. Practical Arithmetic by James Bates Thomson (1863)
"We also find that -^=.05', it is therefore terminate. ... When the decimal is terminate, the number of figures U contains, must be equal to the greatest ..."

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