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.

  2. terminateverb

    To kill.

  3. terminateverb

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

  4. terminateadjective

    Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.

  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.

  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.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Terminateverb

    Etymology: termino, Lat. terminer, Fr.

    Bodies that are solid, separable, terminated and moveable, have all sorts of figures. John Locke.

  2. To Terminateverb

    To be limited; to end; to have an end; to attain its end.

    That God was the maker of this visible world was evident from the very order of causes; the greatest argument by which natural reason evinces a God: it being necessary in such a chain of causes to ascend to, and terminate in, some first; which should be the original of motion, and the cause of all other things, but itself be caused by none. South.

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

    Ere I the rapture of my wish renew,
    I tell you then, it terminates in you. John Dryden, Aurengzebe.


  1. terminate

    To terminate is to bring something to an end, stop or conclude. This action could apply to anything from contracts, jobs and tasks to computer programs and processes. It often indicates a definitive ending, rather than a pause or temporary stoppage.

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

Anagrams for terminate »

  1. tetramine

  2. attermine

  3. antimeter

  4. interteam

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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. Fred Allen:

    Life, in my estimation, is a biological misadventure that we terminate on the shoulders of six strange men whose only objective is to make a hole in one with you.

  2. Stefan Wolf:

    If there is no improvement we are going to terminate the contract and they will just have to see whether they get the stuff somewhere else.

  3. The CMS:

    It is necessary, therefore, that we terminate on January 31, 2015, the Medicare Health Benefits Agreement between Yorkville Endoscopy LLC and the secretary.

  4. An Orange spokesman:

    Now...we have the capacity to terminate this contract in the future, our intention is to terminate the contract. Our intention is as soon as possible from a contractual point of view and preserving our interests of course, our intention is to withdraw Orange brand from Israel.

  5. John Wesley:

    A feast of dedication; yet he calls it a feast to Jehovah; for as brutish as they were, they did not design to terminate their adoration in the image; but they made it for a representation of the true God...yet this did not excuse them from gross idolatry.”

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