liquidate
verb (-dated; -dating) Etymology: Late Latin liquidatus, past participle of liquidare to melt, from Latin liquidus Date: circa 1575 transitive verb 1. a. (1) to determine by agreement or by litigation the precise amount of (indebtedness, damages, or accounts) (2) to determine the liabilities and apportion assets toward discharging the indebtedness of b. to settle (a debt) by payment or other settlement 2. archaic to make clear 3. to do away with 4. to convert (assets) into cash intransitive verb 1. to liquidate debts, damages, or accounts 2. to determine liabilities and apportion assets toward discharging indebtedness • liquidation noun

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  • liquidate — liquidate, liquidize Liquidate is the word used in business contexts and in the sense ‘eliminate by killing’. Liquidize is a more recent word meaning ‘to make liquid’ (in physical senses) and is now principally used in the context of the kitchen… …   Modern English usage

  • liquidate — [v1] pay; change into cash cash, cash in, cash out, clear, convert, discharge, exchange, honor, pay off, quit, realize, reimburse, repay, satisfy, sell off, sell up, settle, square; concept 330 Ant. invest, keep liquidate [v2] destroy, dissolve… …   New thesaurus

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  • liquidate — (v.) 1570s, to reduce to order, to set out clearly (of accounts), from L.L. or M.L. liquidatus, pp. of liquidare to melt, make liquid or clear, clarify, from L. liquidus (see LIQUID (Cf. liquid)). Sense of clear away (a debt) first recorded 1755 …   Etymology dictionary

  • liquidate — ► VERB 1) wind up the affairs of (a company) by ascertaining liabilities and apportioning assets. 2) convert (assets) into cash. 3) pay off (a debt). 4) informal eliminate; kill. DERIVATIVES liquidation noun liquidator noun …   English terms dictionary

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  • liquidate — /lik wi dayt /, v., liquidated, liquidating. v.t. 1. to settle or pay (a debt): to liquidate a claim. 2. to reduce (accounts) to order; determine the amount of (indebtedness or damages). 3. to convert (inventory, securities, or other assets) into …   Universalium

  • liquidate — [[t]lɪ̱kwzɪdeɪt[/t]] liquidates, liquidating, liquidated 1) VERB To liquidate a company is to close it down and sell all its assets, usually because it is in debt. [TECHNICAL] [V n] A unanimous vote was taken to liquidate the company. Derived… …   English dictionary

  • liquidate — UK [ˈlɪkwɪdeɪt] / US [ˈlɪkwɪˌdeɪt] verb Word forms liquidate : present tense I/you/we/they liquidate he/she/it liquidates present participle liquidating past tense liquidated past participle liquidated 1) a) [intransitive/transitive] business to… …   English dictionary

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