Definition of "terminate" []

  • To bring to an end or halt: "His action terminated the most hopeful period of reform in Prussian history” ( Gordon A. Craig). (verb-transitive)
  • To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish: a display of fireworks that terminated the festivities. (verb-transitive)
  • To discontinue the employment of; dismiss: a company that terminated 300 workers. (verb-transitive)
  • To come to an end: The oil pipeline terminates at a shipping port. Negotiations terminated yesterday. See Synonyms at complete. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have as an end or result: "The Peloponnesian war ... terminated in the ruin of the Athenian commonwealth” ( Alexander Hamilton). (verb-intransitive)
  • To form, be, or put an end (to); conclude (verb)

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  • To connect (suitable circuitry) to the end of an electrical transmission line to absorb the energy and avoid reflections (verb)
  • (of a decimal expansion) to have only a finite number of digits (verb)
  • To kill (someone) (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "terminate" in a sentence
  • "Brooks found the use of the word terminate very unsettling."
  • "When hostilities terminate is completely up to those who organize and participate in violent jihad against the West."
  • "I'm in terminate mode, and I'm trying not to get out of it."