• (GA) IPA: /ˈtɝmɪneɪt/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈtɜːmɪneɪt/

terminate (terminates, present participle terminating; past and past participle terminated)

  1. (transitive or intransitive) To end, especially in an incomplete state.
    to terminate a surface by a line
    to terminate an effort, or a controversy
    • During this interval of calm and prosperity, he terminated two figures of slaves, destined for the tomb, in an incomparable style of art.
  2. (transitive or intransitive) To set or be a limit or boundary to.
  3. (transitive, euphemistic) To kill.
  4. (transitive, euphemistic) To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire, lay off.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Adjective


  1. Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.
  2. 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.
  3. (mathematics) 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.

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