Definitions for: Terminate


[v] bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WWI"
[v] terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"
[v] have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
[v] be the end of; be the last of concluding part of; "This sad scene ended the movie"



Webster (1913) Definition: Ter"mi*nate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Terminated; p.
pr. & vb. n. Terminating.] [L. terminatus, p. p. of
terminare. See Term.]
1. To set a term or limit to; to form the extreme point or
side of; to bound; to limit; as, to terminate a surface by
a line.

2. To put an end to; to make to cease; as, to terminate an
effort, or a controversy.

3. Hence, to put the finishing touch to; to bring to
completion; to perfect.

During this interval of calm and prosperity, he
[Michael Angelo] terminated two figures of slaves,
destined for the tomb, in an incomparable style of
art. --J. S.
Harford.


Ter"mi*nate, v. i.
1. To be limited in space by a point, line, or surface; to
stop short; to end; to cease; as, the torrid zone
terminates at the tropics.

2. To come to a limit in time; to end; to close.

The wisdom of this world, its designs and efficacy,
terminate on zhis side heaven. --South.

Synonyms: can, cease, dismiss, end, end, finish, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, sack, send away, stop

Antonyms: begin, begin, commence, employ, engage, get, hire, lead off, set about, set out, start, start, start out

See Also: abort, adjourn, adjudicate, alter, ax, axe, be, break, break, break off, break up, break up, cease, change, clean out, climax, close, close, close out, closure, cloture, come out, complete, conclude, crush out, culminate, culminate, cut out, decide, die hard, disappear, discontinue, discontinue, dissolve, drop, end up, extinguish, fetch up, finalise, finalize, finish, finish up, furlough, go, go away, go out, interrupt, kill, land up, lapse, lay off, lift, nail down, pass away, pension off, phase out, press out, raise, recess, remove, resolve, retire, run low, run short, send packing, settle, squeeze out, stamp out, stop, stub out, terminate, turn out, vanish, wind up

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