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terminate   WordNet 2.0

- bring to an end or halt
"She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"
"The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WWI"

 
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- terminate the employment of
"The boss fired his secretary today"
"The company terminated 25% of its workers"

 
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- have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense

- either spatial or metaphorical
"the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"
"Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"
"My property ends by the bushes"
"The symphony end

 
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- be the end of

- be the last or concluding part of
"This sad scene ended the movie"

 
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Terminate   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. To set a term or limit to; to form the extreme point or side of; to bound; to limit; as, to terminate a surface by a line.

2. To put an end to; to make to cease; as, to terminate an effort, or a controversy.

3. Hence, to put the finishing touch to; to bring to completion; to perfect.

"During this interval of calm and prosperity, he [Michael Angelo] terminated two figures of slaves, destined for the tomb, in an incomparable style of art." -- J. S. Harford.

 
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1. To be limited in space by a point, line, or surface; to stop short; to end; to cease; as, the torrid zone terminates at the tropics.

2. To come to a limit in time; to end; to close.

"The wisdom of this world, its designs and efficacy, terminate on zhis side heaven." -- South.

 
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