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verb [intransitive/transitive] formal terminate pronunciation in American English /ˈtɜrmɪˌneɪt/
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present tense
present participleterminating
past tenseterminated
past participleterminated
  1. 1
    if something terminates, or if you terminate it, it ends or you stop it

    The military operation was terminated in 1969.

  2. 2
    to remove someone from a job. The more usual word is fire

    Twenty-two employees will be terminated in February.


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