terminate
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare, from terminus Date: 15th century coming to an end or capable of ending II. verb (-nated; -nating) Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to extend only to a limit (as a point or line); especially to reach a terminus 2. to form an ending 3. to come to an end in time transitive verb 1. a. to bring to an end ; close <
terminate a marriage by divorce
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terminate a transmission line
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b. to form the conclusion of <
review questions terminate each chapter
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c. to discontinue the employment of <
workers terminated because of slow business
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2. to serve as an ending, limit, or boundary of 3. assassinate, kill Synonyms: see close

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