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English verb: terminate

1. terminate (change) bring to an end or halt


SamplesShe 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.


ExamplesThey won't terminate the story


Synonymsend


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify


Narrower (hyponym)abort, adjudicate, ax, axe, break, break, break off, break up, break up, close, close, close out, closure, cloture, complete, conclude, crush out, culminate, decide, discontinue, dissolve, dissolve, extinguish, finalise, finalize, finish, finish, interrupt, kill, lift, nail down, phase out, press out, raise, resolve, settle, settle, stamp out, stop, stub out


Causecease, end, finish, stop, terminate


Antonymsbegin, commence, set out, start, start out, commence, lead off, start, begin, set about, get down, get

2. terminate (stative) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymscease, end, finish, stop


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Narrower (hyponym)adjourn, break, break up, climax, close, come out, conclude, culminate, cut out, disappear, disappear, discontinue, go, go away, go out, lapse, pass away, recess, run low, run out, run short, turn out, vanish, vanish


Antonymsbegin, start

3. terminate (stative) be the end of; be the last or concluding part of


SamplesThis sad scene ended the movie.


Synonymsend


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)close

4. terminate (social) terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position


SamplesThe boss fired his secretary today.
The company terminated 25% of its workers.


Synonymscan, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Broader (hypernym)remove


Narrower (hyponym)clean out, dismiss, drop, furlough, lay off, pension off, retire, send away, send packing, squeeze out


Antonymshire, employ, engage









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