What does terminate mean?

Definitions for terminate
ˈtɜr məˌneɪtter·mi·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. end, terminateverb

    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 WW I"

  2. end, stop, finish, terminate, ceaseverb

    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"

  3. end, terminateverb

    be the end of; be the last or concluding part of

    "This sad scene ended the movie"

  4. displace, fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack, terminateverb

    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

    "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers"


  1. terminateverb

    To finish or end.

    Etymology: From terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus; see term, terminus. Compare termine.

  2. terminateverb

    To kill.

    Etymology: From terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus; see term, terminus. Compare termine.

  3. terminateverb

    To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.

    Etymology: From terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus; see term, terminus. Compare termine.

  4. terminateadjective

    Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.

    Etymology: From terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus; see term, terminus. Compare termine.

  5. terminateadjective

    Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude.

    Mountains on the Moon cast shadows that are very dark, terminate and more distinct than those cast by mountains on the Earth.

    Etymology: From terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus; see term, terminus. Compare termine.

  6. terminateadjective

    Expressible in a finite number of terms; (of a decimal) not recurring or infinite.

    One third is a recurring decimal, but one half is a terminate decimal.

    Etymology: From terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus; see term, terminus. Compare termine.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terminateverb

    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. Terminateverb

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

  3. Terminateverb

    hence, to put the finishing touch to; to bring to completion; to perfect

  4. Terminateverb

    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

  5. Terminateverb

    to come to a limit in time; to end; to close


  1. Terminate

    Terminate was a shareware modem terminal and host program for MS-DOS and compatible operating systems developed from the early to the late 1990s by the Dane Bo Bendtsen. The last release was made in 1997; no details are available for the first, but the T-Cfg program which performed config upgrades from 1.0 to 1.1 is dated 1994, so it seems reasonable to assume 1.0 was not that much earlier. Compared to similar programs of its time, Terminate had a large number of built-in features like: a powerful phone book with long distance calling cost calculation, Fido Mailer, QWK offline mail reader, file manager, text editor, keyboard mapping, ISDN support, fax and voice-call features, chat, IEMSI, VGA mode detection, audio CD player, and a REXX-like scripting language. Supported terminal emulation modes included ASCII, Avatar, ANSI, RIP, VT102, and others. A number of file transfer protocols like Zmodem were built into the application, along with support for external protocols like HS/Link and BiModem. The built-in support for advanced file transfer protocols made Terminate very popular at the time. The installation program could import the phone book and settings from other applications like: Telix, RemoteAccess, Frontdoor, BinkleyTerm, Portal of Power, as well as Minicom and Commo.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Terminate

    tėr′min-āt, v.t. to set a limit to: to set the boundary: to put an end to: to finish.—v.i. to be limited: to end either in space or time: to close.—adj. Ter′minable, that may be limited: that may terminate or cease.—n. Ter′minableness.—adj. Ter′minal, pertaining to, or growing at, the end or extremity: ending a series or part: occurring in every term.—n.pl. Terminā′lia, an annual Roman festival in honour of Terminus, the god of boundaries.—adv. Ter′minally.—n. Terminā′tion, act of terminating or ending: limit: end: result: the ending of words as varied by their signification.—adjs. Terminā′tional, pertaining to, or forming, a termination; Ter′minātive, tending to terminate or determine: absolute.—adv. Ter′minātively.—n. Ter′minātor, one who, or that which, terminates: the boundary between the illuminated and dark portions of the moon or of a planet.—adj. Ter′minātory. [L. terminus.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of terminate in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of terminate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of terminate in a Sentence

  1. Jill Baker:

    After our internal review, you clearly saw areas where the employee violated district policy and did not meet our standards and expectations, we believe the decision to terminate this officer's employment is warranted, justified, and quite frankly, the right thing to do.

  2. Chuck Schumer:

    This issue transcends partisan politics, and I urge all senators -- Democrats and Republicans -- to support this resolution to terminate the president's emergency declaration when it comes up for a vote in the Senate, identical companion legislation to the House resolution will soon be introduced in the Senate.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I was all set to terminate, i looked forward to terminating. I was going to do it.

  4. Svinicki Aizawa:

    We were unable to recreate the STAP phenomenon, we had planned to continue replication efforts until March next year, but in the light of these results, we have decided to terminate the experiments.

  5. Donald Trump:

    The New York Times, which is a fake newspaper -- we don't even want New York Times in White House anymore. We're going to probably terminate that and the Washington Post.

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