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Meaning of “terminate” in the English Dictionary

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

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terminateverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈtɜr·məˌneɪt/ fml
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]  us   /ˌtɜr·məˈneɪ·ʃən/
[U] The ​contractprovides for termination after two ​years.
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terminateverb

uk   us   /ˈtɜːmɪneɪt/ formal
[I or T] to end or to make something end: The ​takeovertalks terminated without ​agreement. How do I terminate my ​subscription?terminate a contract/an agreement/a policy The ​leaseallows either ​party to terminate the ​agreement.
[T usually passive] HR to ​remove someone from their ​job: He was terminated within weeks of ​starting. If they do not ​report for ​work within 48 ​hours, they will be terminated.terminate sb from sth He was terminated from his ​position last week.
(Definition of terminate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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