(adjective, verb)


1. Terminated; limited; bounded; ended.

2. Having a definite and clear limit or boundary; having a determinate size, shape or magnitude.

- Mountains on the Moon cast shadows that are very dark, terminate and more distinct than those cast by mountains on the Earth.

3. (mathematics) Expressible in a finite number of terms; (of a decimal) not recurring or infinite.

- One third is a recurring decimal, but one half is a terminate decimal.


1. bring to an end or halt

- The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I

Similar word(s): end

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

2. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

- the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed

Similar word(s): cease, end, finish, stop

Definition categories: stative

3. be the end of; be the last or concluding part of

Similar word(s): end

Definition categories: stative, be

4. terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

- The company terminated 25% of its workers

Similar word(s): can, dismiss, displace, fire, sack

Definition categories: social, remove

Sentences with terminate as a verb:

- to terminate a surface by a line

- to terminate an effort, or a controversy