Meaning of “terminate” in the English Dictionary

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

"terminate" in American English

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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.
noun [ C/U ] us /ˌtɜr·məˈneɪ·ʃən/

[ U ] The contract provides for termination after two years.

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"terminate" in Business English

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uk /ˈtɜːmɪneɪt/ us formal

[ I or T ] to end or to make something end:

The takeover talks terminated without agreement.
How do I terminate my subscription?
terminate a contract/an agreement/a policy The lease allows 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.

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