What does terminate mean?

Definitions for terminate
ˈtɜr məˌneɪtter·mi·nate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. end, terminate(verb)

    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, cease(verb)

    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, terminate(verb)

    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, terminate(verb)

    terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

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


  1. terminate(Verb)

    To finish or end.

  2. terminate(Verb)

    To kill.

  3. terminate(Verb)

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

  4. terminate(Adjective)

    Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.

  5. terminate(Adjective)

    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.

  6. terminate(Adjective)

    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.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Terminate(verb)

    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. Terminate(verb)

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

  3. Terminate(verb)

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

  4. Terminate(verb)

    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. Terminate(verb)

    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.]

British National Corpus

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    Rank popularity for the word 'terminate' in Verbs Frequency: #1039

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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. Scott Walker:

    We need to terminate the bad deal with Iran on Day One, put in place crippling economic sanctions and convince our allies to do the same.

  2. Cynthia Deitle:

    Mr. Barr, you cannot have it both ways. If you believe that employers should have the right to terminate transgender employees, just because they are transgender, then you believe they are lesser than and not worthy of protection. If so, you need not invite us to future events at the Department of Justice.

  3. Alireza Ittihadieh:

    He's sanctioned, his companies are sanctioned, he has to return the aircraft. He has to early-terminate the leases, under sanctions rules.

  4. Julian Castro:

    Let's be very clear, the reason that they're separating these little children from their families is that they're using Section 1325 of that act, which criminalizes coming across the border to incarcerate the parents and then separate them. Some of us on this stage have called to end that section, to terminate it. Some, like Congressman O'Rourke, have not. And I want to challenge all of the candidates to do that.

  5. George Annas:

    What this guy doesn't like is making a decision to terminate a pregnancy, he doesn't want you to do that.

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