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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin terminātus, past participle of terminō (I set bounds to, bound, limit, end, close, terminate), from terminus (a bound, limit, end); see term, terminus. Doublet of termine.

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terminate (third-person singular simple present terminates, present participle terminating, simple 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
    • (Can we date this quote by 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.
  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.

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terminate (comparative more terminate, superlative most terminate)

  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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termināte

  1. first-person plural present active imperative of terminō

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