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English definition of “terminate”

terminate

verb [I/T]  /ˈtɜr·məˌneɪt/ fml us  
to end or stop, or to cause something to end or stop: [I] Trains that used to terminate in Hoboken now run into New York. [T] It sounded like she was trying to terminate the conversation. An employee who is terminated no longer has a job: [T] Employees can be terminated if they miss too many days of work without good reason.
termination
noun [C/U]  /ˌtɜr·məˈneɪ·ʃən/ us  
[U] The contract provides for termination after two years.
(Definition of terminate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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