Definitions of terminate

  1. terminate the employment of; " The boss fired his secretary today"; " The company terminated 25% of its workers"
  2. 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. be the end of; be the last of concluding part of; " This sad scene ended the movie"
  4. 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"
  5. be the end of; be the last or concluding part of; " This sad scene ended the movie"
  6. 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.
  7. To put an end to; to make to cease; as, to terminate an effort, or a controversy.
  8. Hence, to put the finishing touch to; to bring to completion; to perfect.
  9. 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.
  10. To come to a limit in time; to end; to close.
  11. To limit er bound; bring to an end; finish; as, to terminate a war.
  12. To be limited or bounded; come to an end.
  13. To set a limit to: to set the boundary: to put an end to: to finish.
  14. To be limited: to end either in space or time: to close.
  15. To be limited; come to an end.
  16. To set a limit to; bound; finish; end.
  17. To put an end to; come to an end; cease.
  18. To be the boundary of; be limited.
  19. To limit; to bound; to set the extreme point or side of a thing; to put an end to; to complete; to finish.
  20. To be limited; to end. See Term.
  21. To bound; to limit; to put an end to; to finish; to come to an end; to conclude.

Usage examples for terminate

  1. The aim of inference is to terminate itself in an adequate judgment of a situation, and the course of inference goes on through a series of partial and tentative judgments. – How We Think by John Dewey
  2. Pretending then that he had purchased an old house, and was going to show the defects to those that had sold it to him, he departed; and passing through what is called Tiberius's house, he went on into the forum, near the spot where a golden pillar stands, at which all the several roads through Italy terminate. – Plutarch-Lives-of-the-noble-Grecians-and-Romans by Clough, Arthur Hugh
  3. Mr. Poole informed me that the ranges still continued to the north, but that they were changed in character, and he thought they would altogether terminate ere long. – Expedition into Central Australia by Charles Sturt
  4. The nerves also undergo division until they terminate as fine thread- like structures in all parts of the body. – Physiology and Hygiene for Secondary Schools by Francis M. Walters, A.M.
  5. When he wished to terminate the arrangement, he found himself unable to do so because the woman entered claims upon him as what is termed a common- law wife. – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  6. And if in spite of my courage I ever shrink- our contract shall terminate at once. – Quick Action by Robert W. Chambers
  7. Angry eyes and fierce faces were on every hand, and his dreams of matrimony and Leoline seemed about to terminate then and there, when luck came to his side, in the shape of her most gracious majesty the queen. – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  8. It was only Hunter's guarantee that had made the venture possible, and there was no doubt in his mind that unless he could satisfy Nevis's claim his career as a farmer would terminate abruptly before the next month was over. – A Prairie Courtship by Harold Bindloss
  9. The houses are spacious, and exhibit singular specimens of ancient taste; the roofs rise to a great height and terminate in a sharp point. – A tour through some parts of France, Switzerland, Savoy, Germany and Belgium by Richard Boyle Bernard
  10. Disputes and delays being inevitable, the Conference began its work at leisure and was forced to terminate it in hot haste. – The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference by Emile Joseph Dillon
  11. We must now console ourselves with the hope that we shall soon terminate the business. – Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I by Sir John Ross
  12. By its own provisions, it is to terminate within one year from the cessation of hostilities and the declaration of peace. – History of the Thirty-Ninth Congress of the United States by Wiliam H. Barnes
  13. Some men, I suppose, terminate their education when they leave their college. – Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town by Stephen Leacock
  14. Did she wish to come directly to a business understanding, or- or was she truly independent and seeking this method to terminate the acquaintance? – The Salamander by Owen Johnson
  15. I went over to Jim Long, who had seated himself on the well platform, and asked: " How is this going to terminate, Jim?" – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch
  16. My sufferings did not terminate here. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VIII. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  17. The Present is that form of the verb, which is the root of all the rest; the verb itself; or that simple term which we should look for in a dictionary: as, be, act, rule, love, defend, terminate. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  18. The Nicene Council was convoked to terminate the question which Arius had raised as to the Godhead of our Lord. – Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom by T. W. Allies
  19. If I do not mistake- and I am sure that I am in the recollection of many noble Lords present- I myself reminded the noble Earl that the association act would terminate at the end of the session of Parliament of 1831; and the answer of the noble Earl was, that it was intended to bring in a bill to continue that act. – Maxims And Opinions Of Field-Marshal His Grace The Duke Of Wellington, Selected From His Writings And Speeches During A Public Life Of More Than Half A Century by Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington
  20. But why do you want to terminate them? – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss