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Definition of liquidate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they liquidate
    he / she / it liquidates
    past simple liquidated
    -ing form liquidating
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] liquidate (something) to close a business and sell everything it owns in order to pay debts
  2. 2[transitive] liquidate something (finance) to sell something in order to get money to liquidate assets
  3. 3[transitive] liquidate something (finance) to pay a debt
  4. 4[transitive] liquidate somebody/something to destroy or remove someone or something that causes problems synonym annihilate The government tried to liquidate the rebel movement and failed.
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