Meaning of “liquidate” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “liquidate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"liquidate" in American English

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liquidateverb [ T ]

us /ˈlɪk·wɪˌdeɪt/

to sell your investments or property to make them available in the form of money:

Investors have started to liquidate their mutual funds.

Someone who liquidates a business closes it and sells what it owns.

noun [ U ] us /ˌlɪk·wɪˈdeɪ·ʃən/

The company was forced into liquidation.

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"liquidate" in Business English

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uk /ˈlɪkwɪdeɪt/ us

[ I or T ] LAW, FINANCE if a business liquidates or is liquidated, it is closed so that its assets can be sold to pay its debts:

The only way for management to return value to shareholders in the short term is to liquidate the company and return the cash.
As the customer of a brokerage that's being liquidated, you should receive a warning in the mail or see notices in the newspaper.

[ T ] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE to sell something in order to get cash:

She liquidated the stock and pulled about $10,000 from savings to pay off her debt.
In the event of a reclamation, the Fund may liquidate sufficient shares from a shareholder's account to reimburse the government or the private source.

[ T ] ACCOUNTING, FINANCE to pay off a debt:

They were required to liquidate the debt within 30 days of the date due.

(Definition of “liquidate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)