To terminate something is to bring it to an end. Period. Full stop.

In ancient Rome, Terminus was the God of landmarks, boundaries, and endings. That’s why his annual party took place at the end of the year. You can imagine the guests walking around in their togas, going, “This party is so great, I wish it would never terminate.” Nowadays, terminate can be used to refer to bringing anything to an end — including one's job or a product line: "When the Weird Food Company announces plans to terminate production of its deep-fried chocolate-covered pickle line, it will be a sad day for lovers of strange snacks."

Definitions of terminate

v bring to an end or halt

“The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WW I”
begin, commence, get, get down, set about, set out, start, start out
take the first step or steps in carrying out an action
begin, commence, lead off, start
set in motion, cause to start
begin to speak, understand, read, and write a language
have a beginning, of a temporal event
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close out
cause to finish a relationship with somebody
terminate before completion
bring to a head or to the highest point
lift, raise
put an end to
ax, axe
kill, stamp out
end or extinguish by forceful means
break up, dissolve
come to an end
break up, dissolve
bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
break, break off, discontinue, stop
prevent completion
break, interrupt
crush out, extinguish, press out, stub out
extinguish by crushing
finalise, finalize, nail down, settle
make final; put the last touches on; put into final form
complete, finish
come or bring to a finish or an end
closure, cloture
terminate debate by calling for a vote
adjudicate, decide, resolve, settle
bring to an end; settle conclusively
bring to a close
complete a business deal, negotiation, or an agreement
phase out
terminate gradually
finish or terminate (meetings, speeches, etc.)
become fractured
finish a game in baseball by protecting a lead
hold on, stop
stop and wait, as if awaiting further instructions or developments
break off, break short, cut short
interrupt before its natural or planned end
freeze, suspend
stop a process or a habit by imposing a freeze on it
bog, bog down
get stuck while doing something
top, top off
finish up or conclude
clear up, finish off, finish up, get through, mop up, polish off, wrap up
finish a task completely
see through
remain with until completion
finish out, round out
fill out
carry out, follow out, follow through, follow up, go through, implement, put through
pursue to a conclusion or bring to a successful issue
determine the result of (a competition)
decide how much is to be paid on an insurance claim
break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt
make a break in
conclude a speech with a formal recapitulation
accomplish, action, carry out, carry through, execute, fulfil, fulfill
put in effect
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alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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

“the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed”
cease, end, finish, stop
begin, start
have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
begin, start
have a beginning characterized in some specified way
have a beginning, of a temporal event
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pass away
go out of existence
end, at least for a long time
cut out
cease operating
go out
become extinguished
adjourn, break up, recess
close at the end of a session
disappear, vanish
cease to exist
climax, culminate
end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
run out
become used up; be exhausted
go, run low, run short
to be spent or finished
disappear, go away, vanish
become invisible or unnoticeable
close, conclude
come to a close
come out, turn out
result or end
come to or be at an end
come to an end
dematerialise, dematerialize
become immaterial; disappear
crown, top
be the culminating event
go away or disappear
bob under
disappear suddenly, as if under the surface of a body of water
come out in the end
work out
happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well
fizzle, fizzle out, peter out, taper off
end weakly
leave off
come to an end, stop or cease
expire, run out
lose validity

v be the end of; be the last or concluding part of

cause a window or an application to disappear on a computer desktop
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have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position

“The company terminated 25% of its workers”
can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away
employ, engage, hire
engage or hire for work
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make (someone) retire
pension off
let go from employment with an attractive pension
clean out
force out
furlough, lay off
dismiss, usually for economic reasons
squeeze out
force out
dismiss, drop, send away, send packing
stop associating with
retire and pension (someone) because of age or physical inability
dismiss from work
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remove from a position or an office

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