- (transitive or intransitive, formal) To end, especially in an incomplete state.
to terminate a surface by a line
to terminate an effort, or a controversy
- J. S. Harford
During this interval of calm and prosperity, he terminated two figures of slaves, destined for the tomb, in an incomparable style of art.
- (transitive, euphemistic) To kill.
- (transitive, euphemistic) To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire, lay off.
- (to end incompletely): continue
to end incompletely
to end the employment contract
- terminate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- terminate in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.
- 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.
- (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.
- “terminate” in John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors, The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, →ISBN.
- second-person plural present indicative of
- second-person plural present subjunctive of
- second-person plural imperative of
terminate f pl