Definition of terminate in English:

terminate

Syllabification: ter·mi·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈtərməˌnāt
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Bring to an end: he was advised to terminate the contract
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    bring to an end, end, abort, curtail, bring to a close/conclusion, close, conclude, finish, stop, put an end to, wind up, wrap up, discontinue, cease, kill, cut short, ax
    informal pull the plug on, can
  • 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 spikes
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    • 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 Stratford
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    end its journey, finish up, stop
  • 1.3End (a pregnancy) before term by artificial means.
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    • 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 you
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    fire, ax; downsize
    informal can, cut
  • 1.5 euphemistic , chiefly North American Assassinate (someone, especially an intelligence agent): he was terminated by persons unknown
  • 1.6 archaic Form the physical end or extremity of (an area).
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    • 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.

Phrases

terminate someone with extreme prejudice

euphemistic , chiefly US Murder or assassinate someone (used as a euphemism).
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  • 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.

Origin

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'.

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