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(1)   Bring to an end or halt
"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"
"The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I"
(2)   Terminate the employment of
"The boss fired his secretary today"
"The company terminated 25% of its workers"
(3)   Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
"The bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"
"Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"
"My property ends by the bushes"
"The symphony ends in a pianissimo"
(4)   Be the end of; be the last or concluding part of
"This sad scene ended the movie"


< , pp. of < ; see term, terminus. Cf. termine.


  1. To finish or end.
  2. To kill.
  3. To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.


  1. Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.
  2. Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude.
    Mountains on the Moon cast shadows that are very dark, terminate and more distinct than those cast by mountains on the Earth.
  3. Expressible in a finite number of terms; (of a decimal) not recurring or infinite.
    One third is a recurring decimal, but one half is a terminate decimal.