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Meaning of terminate by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From 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 .


    terminate ( third-person singular simple present terminates present participle terminating, simple past and past participle terminated )

    1. ( transitive or intransitive, formal ) To finish or end .
    2. ( transitive, euphemistic ) To kill .
    3. ( transitive, euphemistic ) To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off .


    • See also Wikisaurus:kill

    See also

    • abort

    External links

    • terminate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • terminate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911



    1. Terminated; limited; bounded; ended .
    2. Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude .
      Mountains on the Moon cast shadows that are very dark, terminate and more distinct than those cast by mountains on the Earth .
    3. ( mathematics ) Expressible in a finite number of terms; ( of a decimal ) not recurring or infinite .
      One third is a recurring decimal, but one half is a terminate decimal .

    See also

    • Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989


Explanation of terminate by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. bring to an end or halt

    2. The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I
    3. terminate the employment of

    4. The company terminated 25% of its workers
    5. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense

    6. the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed
    7. be the end of