- 1Bring to an end: he was advised to terminate the contractMore example sentences
- When the work was more than half finished the homeowners terminated the contract.
- She went off on sick leave in early 1998 and her appointment was terminated in March that year.
- As a result, data collection in these sites was terminated prior to achieving the targeted number of cases.
- 1.1 [no object] (terminate in) (Of a thing) have its end at (a specified place) or of (a specified form): the chain terminated in an iron ball covered with spikesMore example sentences
- A road does not necessarily terminate in the same sector in which it begins.
- The end result is a three-storey, south-facing crescent, terminating in a taller building at either side, creating a book-end effect.
- The group took a thrilling helicopter ride over the glacier, which descends some 2,280 feet, terminating in a spectacular icefall that feeds the river.
- 1.2 [no object] (Of a train, bus, or boat service) end its journey: the train will terminate at StratfordMore example sentences
end its journey, finish up, stop
- We all got off at Kennington, because the train was terminating; he stumbles and falls over onto the other platform.
- The driver told them the bus had terminated and asked them to leave, but they demanded to be taken on to Danebury Avenue.
- The doors closed, we trundled to the next station, then the train terminated.
- 1.3End (a pregnancy) before term by artificial means.More example sentences
- Once the fetal demise was diagnosed, pregnancy was terminated by medical induction, such that the products of conception were largely delivered intact.
- In severe cases, detected early in pregnancy, the option of terminating the pregnancy may be considered.
- I work as an obstetrician in a city where one in three pregnancies is terminated.
- 1.4chiefly North American End the employment of (someone); dismiss: Adamson’s putting pressure on me to terminate youMore example sentences
fire, ax; downsize• informal can, cut
- The Plaintiff testified that she was shocked that she was terminated from her employment.
- An at-will policy allows employers to terminate workers at the company's discretion.
- When someone is terminated, sit down with each employee individually and tell them why that happened, Duffy says.
- 1.6 • archaic Form the physical end or extremity of (an area).More example sentences
- The tennis complex terminates the Olympic site, and the centre court was designed to be a visual stop for the main axis, as well as a congenial focus for the sport.
terminate someone with extreme prejudice
- • euphemistic , chiefly US Murder or assassinate someone (used as a euphemism).More example sentences
- If I told you I'd have to remotely terminate you with extreme prejudice immediately afterwards!
- They might send missiles or the guy next door might be about to terminate you with extreme prejudice.
- If you have a heavy-breathing guy in a mask trying to terminate you with extreme prejudice while you're doing this, your hands will probably be shaking, so add at least a minute to the process.
late 16th century (in the sense 'direct an action toward a specified end'): from Latin terminat- 'limited, ended', from the verb terminare, from terminus 'end, boundary'.