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v. ter·mi·nat·ed, ter·mi·nat·ing, ter·mi·nates
1. To bring to an end or halt: "His action terminated the most hopeful period of reform in Prussian history" (Gordon A. Craig).
2. To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish: a display of fireworks that terminated the festivities. See Synonyms at complete.
3. To discontinue the employment of; dismiss: a company that terminated 300 workers.
4. To murder or assassinate (someone).
1. To come to an end; reach a stopping point: The oil pipeline terminates at a shipping port. The negotiations terminated with a celebration.
2. To form an end or produce a result. Often used with in: "The Peloponnesian war ... terminated in the ruin of the Athenian commonwealth" (Alexander Hamilton).

[Latin termināre, termināt-, from terminus, end.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.terminated - having come or been brought to a conclusionterminated - having come or been brought to a conclusion; "the harvesting was complete"; "the affair is over, ended, finished"; "the abruptly terminated interview"
finished - ended or brought to an end; "are you finished?"; "gave me the finished manuscript"
2.terminated - (of e.g. a contract or term of office) having come to an end
contract - a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law
expired - having come to an end or become void after passage of a period of time; "an expired passport"; "caught driving with an expired license"
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References in classic literature ?
It was growing late when Jamrach came to the margin of what appeared to be a lake of black ink, and there the road terminated. Seeing a Ferryman in his boat he paid something for his passage and was about to embark.
Much as I wish to enjoy again your charming society, I cannot determine to snatch you from that, of such dear and deserving Freinds--When your Visit to them is terminated, I trust you will return to the arms of your" "Philippa."
Oliver reached the stile at which the by-path terminated; and once more gained the high-road.
As we proceeded, the narrow path became still more contracted, rendering it difficult for us to maintain our footing, until suddenly, as we reached an angle of the wall of rock where we had expected it to widen, we perceived to our consternation that a yard or two further on it abruptly terminated at a place we could not possibly hope to pass.
It terminated in a concave breast of rock, nearly vertical and destitute of vegetation.
On the right of this valley opened another of less extent, adorned with several villages, and terminated by one of the towers of an old ruined abby, grown over with ivy, and part of the front, which remained still entire.
The extremity of the tail of this snake is terminated by a point, which is very slightly enlarged; and as the animal glides along, it constantly vibrates the last inch; and this part striking against the dry grass and brushwood, produces a rattling noise, which can be distinctly heard at the distance of six feet.
The hills which surrounded the cottage terminated the valley in that direction; under another name, and in another course, it branched out again between two of the steepest of them.
He joined to these a spiral, two inches in diameter, which terminated in two branch pieces of unequal length, the longer of which, however, was twenty-five feet in height and the shorter only fifteen feet.
Prince Andrew did not catch what he said and would have passed on, but Chernyshev introduced him to Pfuel, remarking that Prince Andrew was just back from Turkey where the war had terminated so fortunately.
Toward eighteen hundred and forty he first felt the approach of the chronic malady which ultimately terminated his life.
On their going to dinner, he ate up all they had left behind, consisting of a pound or two of white lead; and this youthful indiscretion terminated in death.