from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring to an end or halt: "His action terminated the most hopeful period of reform in Prussian history” ( Gordon A. Craig).
  • transitive v. To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish: a display of fireworks that terminated the festivities.
  • transitive v. To discontinue the employment of; dismiss: a company that terminated 300 workers.
  • intransitive v. To come to an end: The oil pipeline terminates at a shipping port. Negotiations terminated yesterday. See Synonyms at complete.
  • intransitive v. To have as an end or result: "The Peloponnesian war ... terminated in the ruin of the Athenian commonwealth” ( Alexander Hamilton).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To finish or end.
  • v. To kill.
  • v. To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.
  • adj. Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.
  • adj. Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude.
  • adj. Expressible in a finite number of terms; (of a decimal) not recurring or infinite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be limited in space by a point, line, or surface; to stop short; to end; to cease.
  • intransitive v. To come to a limit in time; to end; to close.
  • transitive v. To set a term or limit to; to form the extreme point or side of; to bound; to limit.
  • transitive v. To put an end to; to make to cease.
  • transitive v. Hence, to put the finishing touch to; to bring to completion; to perfect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To bound; limit; form the extreme outline of; set a boundary or limit to; define.
  • To end; put an end to.
  • To complete; put the closing or finishing touch to; perfect.
  • Synonyms To close, conclude.
  • To be limited in space by a point, line, or surface; stop short; end.
  • To cease; come to an end in time; end.
  • Capable of coming to an end; limited; bounded: as, a terminate decimal. A terminate number is an integer, a mixed number, or a vulgar fraction. See interminate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
  • v. be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
  • v. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
  • v. bring to an end or halt


Latin termināre, termināt-, from terminus, end.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare ("to set bounds to, bound, limit, end, close, terminate"), from terminus ("a bound, limit, end"); see term, terminus. Compare termine. (Wiktionary)



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