- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈtɝmɪneɪt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈtɜːmɪneɪt/
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- Hyphenation: ter‧mi‧nate
- (transitive or intransitive) To end something, especially when left in an incomplete state.
- to terminate a surface by a line
- to terminate an effort, or a controversy
- 1857, John Scandrett Harford, The Life of Michael Angelo Buonarroti
- During this interval of calm and prosperity, he terminated two figures of slaves, destined for the tomb, in an incomparable style of art.
- (transitive or intransitive) To set or be a limit or boundary to.
- (transitive, euphemistic) To kill someone or something.
- the enemy must be terminated by any means possible
- (transitive, euphemistic) To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire, lay off.
- Of a mode of transport, to end its journey; or of a railway line, to reach its terminus.
- This train terminates at the next station.
- 1960 March, H. P. White, “The Hawkhurst branch of the Southern Region”, in Trains Illustrated, page 170:
- It is a branch that climbs for 11½ miles into the picturesque Wealden hills until, apparently exhausted by the effort, it terminates a mile short of the village of Hawkhurst.
- 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 67:
- After dropping off travellers at Foregate Street, my train terminates at Shrub Hill - a station which boasts one of the best selection [sic] of semaphore signals left in the country.
- (to end incompletely): discontinue, stop, break off
- (to kill): See also Thesaurus:kill
- (to end the employment contract): axe, fire, sack; see also Thesaurus: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, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- “terminate”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.
- 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.
- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “terminate”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
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