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

      

    terminate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmɪneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmɪneɪt//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they terminate
    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmɪneɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmɪneɪt//
     
    he / she / it terminates
    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmɪneɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmeɪts//
     
    past simple terminated
    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmeɪtɪd//
     
    past participle terminated
    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmɪneɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmeɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form terminating
    BrE BrE//ˈtɜːmɪneɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrmeɪtɪŋ//
     
    Train and bus travel, Pregnancy, Buying a home
     
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to end; to make something end Your contract of employment terminates in December. terminate something The agreement was terminated immediately. to terminate a pregnancy (= to perform or have an abortion) See related entries: Pregnancy, Buying a home
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a bus or train) to end a journey/trip This train terminates at London Victoria. See related entries: Train and bus travel
  3. Word Origin late 16th cent. (in the sense ‘direct an action towards a specified end’): from Latin terminat- ‘limited, ended’, from the verb terminare, from terminus ‘end, boundary’.Extra examples His contract was abruptly terminated. She decided to terminate the pregnancy. The agreement was lawfully terminated under clause 34. This federal intervention effectively terminated the strike.
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