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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)

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.

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."