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

Usage examples for terminate

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. And if in spite of my courage I ever shrink- our contract shall terminate at once. – Quick Action by Robert W. Chambers
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. But why do you want to terminate them? – For the Allinson Honor by Harold Bindloss
  12. 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
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