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terminate (v.)

early 15c., "bring to an end," from Latin terminatus, past participle of terminare "to mark the end or boundary," from terminus "end, limit" (see terminus). Intransitive sense of "to come to an end" is recorded from 1640s; meaning "dismiss from a job" is recorded from 1973; that of "to assassinate" is from 1975. Related: Terminated; terminating.

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Definitions of terminate from WordNet

terminate (v.)
bring to an end or halt;
The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I
Synonyms: end
terminate (v.)
have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical;
the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed
Synonyms: end / stop / finish / cease
terminate (v.)
be the end of; be the last or concluding part of;
Synonyms: end
terminate (v.)
terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position;
The company terminated 25% of its workers
Synonyms: displace / fire / give notice / can / dismiss / give the axe / send away / sack / force out / give the sack
From wordnet.princeton.edu