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1. The act of terminating or the condition of being terminated.
a. The end of something in time; the conclusion.
b. An end of something in space; a limit or edge.
3. A result; an outcome.
4. Linguistics The end of a word, as a suffix, inflectional ending, or final morpheme.

ter′mi·na′tion·al adj.
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1. the act of terminating or the state of being terminated
2. something that terminates
3. a final result
4. (Medicine) an induced abortion
ˌtermiˈnational adj
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(ˌtɜr məˈneɪ ʃən)

1. the act of terminating.
2. the fact of being terminated.
3. the place or part where anything terminates.
4. an end close or conclusion.
5. an issue or result.
6. a suffix or word ending.
7. an ending of employment with a specific employer.
[1400–50; terminacion < Latin terminātiō decision]
ter`mi•na′tion•al, adj.
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bitter end A difficult or disagreeable conclusion; the last or ultimate extremity; death; often in the phrase to thebitter end. According to Captain John Smith’s A Sea Grammar (1627):

A bitter is but the turn of a cable about the bits, and wear it out by little and little. And the bitters end is that part of the cable doth stay within board.

William Henry Smyth in The Sailor’s Word-book (1867) elaborates further:

A ship is “brought up to a bitter”when the cable is allowed to run out to that stop…. When a chain or rope is paid out to the bitter-end, no more remains to be let go.

A variation of the phrase bitter end appears in the Bible (Proverbs 5:4) and some conjecture this usage, rather than the nautical, to be its origin.

But her end is bitter as wormwood.

The phrase gave rise to the term bitter-ender ‘a diehard,’ in use since 1850.

curtains The end, usually a disastrous or unfortunate one; most often, death itself. This slang term, of obvious theatrical derivation, is often used to indicate the end of some illegitimate enterprise, and as such is similar to expressions such as the jig is up.

It looked like curtains for Ezra then and there. But just that moment he saw a chance of salvation. (Jesse Lilienthal, Horse Crazy, 1941)

[one’s] days are numbered See ILL HEALTH.

in the homestretch In the final stages; nearing the completion of a project, ordeal, activity, or other matter; the denouement. In racing terminology, the homestretch is the last leg of a race, i.e., the straight part of a racecourse from the last turn to the finish line. Figurative use of this Americanism was recorded as early as the mid-19th century. It usually suggests some degree of relief because in the homestretch, the end is in sight.

Already we see the slave states … on the homestretch to become free. (Congressional Globe, March 12, 1864)

the jig is up This is it, it’s all over, this is the end of the line; usually used in reference to being caught or discovered in some wrongdoing. This slang or dialectal expression, which dates from the late 1700s, derives from the obsolete ‘prank, joke, trick’ meaning of jig.

lower the boom See PUNISHMENT.

nip in the bud To terminate a project, plan, or other matter in its early stages; to prevent or stop something before it has had a chance to develop. A bud is an undeveloped part of a plant which, if nipped by frost, pests, or a zealous gardener, does not grow to fruition; hence the expression.

Dost thou approach to censure our delights, and nip them in the bud? (Sir Aston Cokaine, Masque, 1639)

quit cold turkey To stop abruptly and completely the habitual use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs without substituting nonaddicting alternatives; to terminate any habit suddenly. Although both the origin of this phrase and the rationale for turkey are uncertain, quit cold turkey clearly implies an abrupt cessation as opposed to a gradual tapering off as a means of ridding one-self of an unwanted behavior or addiction. One theory as to the origin of the phrase holds that when a drug addict stops taking drugs, among the (often severe) withdrawal symptoms is horripilation of the skin (goose bumps) accompanied by a cold, blanched complexion. The similarity of appearance to the skin of a turkey prepared for cooking is obvious. Variations are stop cold turkey and go cold turkey.

Cold turkey itself is sometimes used to describe any action or performance undertaken in impromptu fashion, without “warming up,”so to speak. In this usage, however, the phrase is now usually truncated to the simpler cold.

ring down the curtain To terminate or bring to an end. In the theater, the person responsible for raising or lowering the stage curtain once received his cue from the stage manager who would ring a bell at the appropriate moment.

The curtain had to be rung down before the play was ended. (Times, August 31, 1887)

While still used in the theater, ring down the curtain on is applied figuratively in other contexts as well. A variation is the shortened ring down.

The functionary whose business it is to “ring down”had satisfied himself that nobody wanted any more of it. (Daily News, October 2, 1882)

stem the tide To stop, terminate, end; to squash, quell, check; to block or stifle; to nip in the bud. The most plausible conjecture is that stem in this expression is derived from the Icelandic stemma ‘to stop the flow of’; attempts to relate it to the stem of an ocean-going vessel defy logic. Tide implies a flow of events.

Aristophanes evidently saw the tide that was strongly in favour of the new candidate for scenic supremacy, and he vainly tried to stem it by the barrier of his ridicule. (Fred Paley, The Tragedies of Aeschylus, 1855)

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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.termination - a coming to an end of a contract period; "the expiry of his driver's license"
end, ending - the point in time at which something ends; "the end of the year"; "the ending of warranty period"
2.termination - a place where something ends or is completetermination - a place where something ends or is complete
end, terminal - either extremity of something that has length; "the end of the pier"; "she knotted the end of the thread"; "they rode to the end of the line"; "the terminals of the anterior arches of the fornix"
3.termination - something that results; "he listened for the results on the radio"
conclusion, ending, finish - event whose occurrence ends something; "his death marked the ending of an era"; "when these final episodes are broadcast it will be the finish of the show"
denouement - the outcome of a complex sequence of events
deal - the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement); "he got a good deal on his car"
decision - the outcome of a game or contest; "the team dropped three decisions in a row"
decision - (boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred; "had little trouble in taking a unanimous decision over his opponent"
aftermath, consequence - the outcome of an event especially as relative to an individual
just deserts, poetic justice - an outcome in which virtue triumphs over vice (often ironically)
separation - the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
sequel, subsequence - something that follows something else
worst - the least favorable outcome; "the worst that could happen"
4.termination - the end of a word (a suffix or inflectional ending or final morpheme); "I don't like words that have -ism as an ending"
morpheme - minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
postfix, suffix - an affix that is added at the end of the word
inflectional ending, inflectional suffix - an inflection that is added at the end of a root word
5.termination - the act of ending something; "the termination of the agreement"
abort - the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed; "I wasted a year of my life working on an abort"; "he sent a short message requesting an abort due to extreme winds in the area"
demonetisation, demonetization - ending something (e.g. gold or silver) as no longer the legal tender of a country
change of state - the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics
tone ending, release - (music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
mop up, windup, completion, culmination, closing - a concluding action
retirement - withdrawal from your position or occupation
relinquishing, relinquishment - the act of giving up and abandoning a struggle or task etc.
breakup, dissolution - the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
overthrow - the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
adjournment, dissolution - the termination of a meeting
dismission, sacking, liberation, firing, dismissal, release, discharge, sack - the termination of someone's employment (leaving them free to depart)
destruction, devastation - the termination of something by causing so much damage to it that it cannot be repaired or no longer exists
kill, putting to death, killing - the act of terminating a life
abolishment, abolition - the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery); "the abolition of capital punishment"
liquidation, settlement - termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities
drug withdrawal, withdrawal - the termination of drug taking
closedown, shutdown, closing, closure - termination of operations; "they regretted the closure of the day care center"
extinguishing, quenching, extinction - the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning; "the extinction of the lights"
fade, disappearance - gradually ceasing to be visible
abortion - termination of pregnancy
defusing, deactivation - the act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb)
discontinuance, discontinuation - the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
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2. abortion, ending, discontinuation You should have a medical after the termination of a pregnancy.
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2. The act of dismissing or the condition of being dismissed from employment:
Informal: ax.
Slang: boot, bounce, sack.
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إنْهاء، إنْتِهاء
endir, lok
bitişsona er me


[ˌtɜːmɪˈneɪʃən] N [of contract] → terminación f; [of pregnancy] → interrupción f
termination of employmentbaja f, cese m
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[ˌtɜːrmɪˈneɪʃən] n
[trade, relations, meeting, services] → fin f; [contract] → résiliation f
(= abortion) → interruption f de grossesse
to have a termination → subir une interruption de grossesse
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Ende nt; (= bringing to an end)Beendigung f; (of contract, lease etc, = expiry) → Ablauf m, → Erlöschen nt; (= cancellation)Lösung f; termination of pregnancySchwangerschaftsabbruch m
(Gram) → Endung f
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[ˌtɜːmɪˈneɪʃn] nfine f; (of contract) → rescissione f
termination of pregnancy (Brit) (Med) → interruzione f di gravidanza
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(ˈtəːmineit) verb
to bring or come to an end or limit. She terminated the conversation.
termiˈnation noun
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n. terminación, final.
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References in classic literature ?
Prince Andrew sat in another room, faint with fear lest the baby should be drowned in the font, and awaited the termination of the ceremony.
Near its southern termination, it received the contributions of another lake, whose waters were so limpid as to have been exclusively selected by the Jesuit missionaries to perform the typical purification of baptism, and to obtain for it the title of lake "du Saint Sacrement." The less zealous English thought they conferred a sufficient honor on its unsullied fountains, when they bestowed the name of their reigning prince, the second of the house of Hanover.
The sudden termination of Colonel Brandon's visit at the park, with his steadiness in concealing its cause, filled the mind, and raised the wonder of Mrs.
By another statute, which passed a few years later in the same reign, the term "frequently," which had alluded to the triennial period settled in the time of Charles II, is reduced to a precise meaning, it being expressly enacted that a new parliament shall be called within three years after the termination of the former.
As he drew near, I remembered with many misgivings the inauspicious termination of our former interview, and when he entered the house, I watched with intense anxiety the reception he met with from its inmates.
Casaubon, as might be expected, spent a great deal of his time at the Grange in these weeks, and the hindrance which courtship occasioned to the progress of his great work--the Key to all Mythologies--naturally made him look forward the more eagerly to the happy termination of courtship.
And when they spoke of it to the others they were assured that it would be quite regular, and a most splendid termination of a remarkable romance.
Tudor would have to come to him or else there would be no termination of the affair.
He is one of those who will find eternal obloquy if The Hague Conference comes to a successful termination. For some strange reason, I am supposed to have robbed or harmed the one man in the world whose message might bring to nought that Conference.
In addition to what he has related of Paul, and of his own continued happiness, he has added a short narrative of what took place in a subsequent visit to the prairies, with which, as we conceive it a suitable termination to what has gone before, we shall judge it wise to conclude our labours.
After sitting a long time listening to the long stories of some sailors who had just come from a plum-pudding voyage, as they called it (that is, a short whaling-voyage in a schooner or brig, confined to the north of the line, in the Atlantic Ocean only); after listening to these plum-puddingers till nearly eleven o'clock, I went up stairs to go to bed, feeling quite sure by this time Queequeg must certainly have brought his Ramadan to a termination. But no; there he was just where I had left him; he had not stirred an inch.
Said Don Quixote, "Sancho, my friend, night is drawing on upon us as we go, and more darkly than will allow us to reach El Toboso by daylight; for there I am resolved to go before I engage in another adventure, and there I shall obtain the blessing and generous permission of the peerless Dulcinea, with which permission I expect and feel assured that I shall conclude and bring to a happy termination every perilous adventure; for nothing in life makes knights-errant more valorous than finding themselves favoured by their ladies."