Definition of liquidate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    liquidate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they liquidate
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪt//
     
    he / she / it liquidates
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪts//
     
    past simple liquidated
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle liquidated
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form liquidating
    BrE BrE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɪkwɪdeɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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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 somebody/something that causes problems synonym annihilate The government tried to liquidate the rebel movement and failed.
  5. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘set out (accounts) clearly’): from medieval Latin liquidat- ‘made clear’, from the verb liquidare, from Latin ‘liquidus’, from liquere ‘be liquid’. Senses (1) to (3) were influenced by Italian liquidare and French liquider, sense (4) by Russian likvidirovat.
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