Definition of "liquidate" []

  • To pay off (a debt, a claim, or an obligation); settle. (verb-transitive)
  • To settle the affairs of (a business firm, for example) by determining the liabilities and applying the assets to their discharge. (verb-transitive)
  • To convert (assets) into cash. (verb-transitive)
  • To put an end to; abolish. (verb-transitive)
  • To put to death; kill. (verb-transitive)
  • To settle or pay off (a debt, claim, etc) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To determine by litigation or agreement the amount of (damages, indebtedness, etc) (verb)
  • To terminate the operations of (a commercial firm, bankrupt estate, etc) by assessment of liabilities and appropriation of assets for their settlement (verb)
  • (of a commercial firm, etc) to terminate operations in this manner (verb)
  • To convert (assets) into cash (verb)
  • To eliminate or kill (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "liquidate" in a sentence
  • "Liquidate liquidate liquidate is not going to lead us to an equilibrium point, either."
  • "They all agree, in fact, that the value of all property has gone down at least half, a loss, if the nation had to sell up -- which it has not, but has only to 'liquidate' -- of a sum greater than required to buy up all the slaves and set them free."
  • "Israel minister vows to 'liquidate' Gaza's Hamas rulers A SENIOR minister has warned that Israel will "liquidate" the Islamist Hamas-run government in Gaza following deadly weekend clashes that killed two Israeli soldiers."