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English verb: liquidate

1. liquidate (contact) get rid of (someone who may be a threat) by killing

SamplesThe mafia liquidated the informer.
The double agent was neutralized.

ExamplesThey want to liquidate the prisoners

Synonymsdo in, knock off, neutralise, neutralize, waste

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)kill

2. liquidate (possession) eliminate by paying off (debts)

Synonymspay off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ante up, pay, pay up

Narrower (hyponym)amortise, amortize, lift

3. liquidate (possession) convert into cash

SamplesI had to liquidate my holdings to pay off my ex-husband.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cash, cash in

4. liquidate (possession) settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off

SamplesLiquidate a company.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)settle

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