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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of terminare, from terminus; TERM1


1 [intransitive and transitive] formal if something terminates, or if you terminate it, it ends [= end]:
The court ruled that the contract must be terminated.
a woman's decision on whether or not to terminate the pregnancy
2 [intransitive] if a train, bus, or ship terminates at a particular place, its journey ends there:
The train from Paris terminates at Waterloo.

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