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The word terminate and its family (terminal, terminals, terminated, terminates, terminating, termination, terminations) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

Definition of the adjective terminate

What does terminate mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.
  2. Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude.
  3. [mathematics] Expressible in a finite number of terms; (of a decimal) not recurring or infinite.

Definition of the verb terminate

What does terminate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: terminated | terminating | terminates

  1. bring to an end or halt
    • examples: The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I | They won't terminate the story
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]John ended the party
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] with [Instrument]I ended the party with a speech
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with -ing]He stopped going to the area
      [Theme] [Verb]The storm ended
      [Theme] [Verb] with [Instrument]The party ended with a bang

      Aspectual Verbs (with the same syntax): halt, repeat.

    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of terminate: end
    • more generic words: alter / change / modify = cause to change; make different
    • more specific terms:
    • cause: cease / end / finish / stop
  2. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
  3. be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of terminate: end
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific word: close = cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
  4. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

Alternative definition of the verb terminate


  1. [transitive or intransitive, formal] To finish or end.
  2. [transitive, euphemistic] To kill.
  3. [transitive, euphemistic] To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.

Specialised definition of the verb terminate

Glossary of sports

to bring something to an end (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. "Terminate" is a musical single of Stephan Kessler.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  2. "Terminate" is a musical single of Jon the Dentist.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  3. "Terminate" is a musical single of D*Minds.


Terminate was a shareware modem terminal and host program for MS-DOS and compatible operating systems, developed during the 1990s by Bo Bendtsen from Denmark.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Terminate

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Google previewSouth-Western Federal Taxation Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and Treasury Regulations: Annotated and Selected 2016 (2015)

by James E. Smith, Mark Alteri

If the only condition which will cause the interest taken by the surviving spouse to terminate is the death of the surviving spouse and the condition is of such nature that it can occur only within 6 months following the decedent's death, the ...

Google previewSelf-Help, Private Debt Collection and the Concomitant Risks (2015)

A Comparative Law Analysis by Cӑtӑlin Gabriel Stӑnescu

Therefore, the reason to terminate is the breach of contract and termination is a remedy for that breach. According to German law, termination is (and always was ) effected by a declaration of will coming from the innocent party.213 Such ...

Google previewMathematics (2004)

An Applied Approach by Michael Sullivan, Abe Mizrahi

The optimum time at which the business operation should terminate is that point in time where the rates are equal. That is, the optimum ...

Google previewThe British Encyclopedia, Or Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (1809)

Comprising an Accurate and Popular View of the Present Improved State of Human Knowledge : Illustrated with Upwards of 150 Elegant Engravings. A - B. 1 by William Nicholson

The flowers terminate the branches, A native of China. The wood of this tree has been long used as- a perfume; and was formerly an article of the materia medica, under the name of aeallochnm, lignum aloes, or aloes wood. This wood in its ...

Google previewThe Five Senses and Beyond: The Encyclopedia of Perception (2016)

The Encyclopedia of Perception by Jennifer L. Hellier

Vestibular Component of the Nerve The fibers from the vestibular division terminate in the vestibular nuclear complex within the floor of the fourth ventricle. This makes up the vestibulocerebellar tract. The axons from the vestibular nuclear ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1993)

Volume 29 - Supplement 14: Agent-Oriented Programming to Socio-Organizational Aspects of Expert System Design by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

To build the shutdown process, determine which special task requires the longest to terminate. To this value add a pad. The size of this pad will vary depending on circumstances unique to each installation. It has been found that a pad of 5 ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Comparative Law (1987)

by Bryant G. Garth

even where this is so and the Mahnung has been given, a Nachfrist is in principle also necessary before the creditor is entitled to terminate the contract. In practice the two notices are often combined and it has been held that this practice is ...

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Usage statistics about terminate

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb terminate:


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Terminate Meaning

Video shows what terminate means. To end, especially in an incomplete state.. To kill.. To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire, lay off.

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Quotes about Terminate

Any judge who allows an adulterer with a live-in girlfriend to terminate the life of his wife should be impeached. (Phyllis Schlafly)
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Scrabble value of T1E1R1M3I1N1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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