Whether it refers to getting fired from a job, a contract running out, or the assassination of a deep-cover spy, termination is "the end of the line."

You may be familiar with a certain time-traveling cyborg assassin, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. His character was a "terminator," in a movie of the same name, and his goal was the termination of Sarah Connor. Lucky for Sarah, and the supposed future of our planet, the termination was unsuccessful. In the real world, you're more likely to see the word termination used when a contract, program, or job comes to an end, unexpectedly or as planned.

Definitions of termination

n the act of ending something

“the termination of the agreement”
conclusion, ending
final solution
the mass murder of Jews under the German Nazi regime from 1941 until 1945
a siege and massacre at a mission in San Antonio in 1836; Mexican forces under Santa Anna besieged and massacred American rebels who were fighting to make Texas independent of Mexico
Battle of the Little Bighorn
a battle in Montana near the Little Bighorn River between United States cavalry under Custer and several groups of Native Americans (1876); Custer was pursuing Sioux led by Sitting Bull; Custer underestimated the size of the Sioux forces (which were supported by Cheyenne warriors) and was killed along with all his command
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the act of terminating a project or procedure before it is completed
demonetisation, demonetization
ending something (e.g. gold or silver) as no longer the legal tender of a country
release, tone ending
(music) the act or manner of terminating a musical phrase or tone
closing, completion, culmination, mop up, windup
a concluding action
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)
the termination of a ruler or institution (especially by force)
adjournment, dissolution
the termination of a meeting
discharge, dismissal, dismission, firing, liberation, release, sack, sacking
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, killing, putting to death
the act of terminating a life
abolishment, abolition
the act of abolishing a system or practice or institution (especially abolishing slavery)
liquidation, settlement
termination of a business operation by using its assets to discharge its liabilities
drug withdrawal, withdrawal
the termination of drug taking
closedown, closing, closure, shutdown
termination of operations
extinction, extinguishing, quenching
the act of extinguishing; causing to stop burning
disappearance, fade
gradually ceasing to be visible
termination of pregnancy
deactivation, defusing
the act of deactivating or making ineffective (as a bomb)
discontinuance, discontinuation
the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
the act of bringing to completion or fruition
the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
the act of discharging someone because of age (especially to cause someone to retire from service on a pension)
finish, finishing
the act of finishing
finalisation, finalization
the act of finalizing
carrying some project or intention to full completion
the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
the successful completion of a program of study
the act of retiring into inactivity
the action of retiring to and living in the country
ceding, cession
the act of ceding
act of relinquishing property or authority etc
discharge, release, waiver
a formal written statement of relinquishment
separation or breakup or divorce
subversion, subversive activity
the act of subverting; as overthrowing or destroying a legally constituted government
conge, congee
an abrupt and unceremonious dismissal
dismissal from office
an act that has disastrous consequences
the destruction of an enemy plane or ship or tank or missile
laying waste, ruin, ruination, ruining, wrecking
destruction achieved by causing something to be wrecked or ruined
demolishing, leveling, razing, tearing down
complete destruction of a building
annihilation, obliteration
destruction by annihilating something
destroying or killing a large part of the population (literally every tenth person as chosen by lot)
coup de grace, deathblow
the blow that kills (usually mercifully)
the act of killing
euthanasia, mercy killing
the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
the killing of a human being by another human being
despatch, dispatch
killing a person or animal
the act of felling something (as a tree)
self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide
the act of killing yourself
the act of destroying yourself
the killing of animals (as for food)
the act of giving poison to a person or animal with the intent to kill
asphyxiation, suffocation
killing by depriving of oxygen
ritual killing, sacrifice
the act of killing (an animal or person) in order to propitiate a deity
killing by electric shock
beheading, decapitation
killing by cutting off the head
viatical settlement, viaticus settlement
sale of an insurance policy by a terminally ill policy holder
cold turkey
complete and abrupt withdrawal of all addictive drugs or anything else on which you have become dependent
plant closing
act of shutting down operation of a plant
bank closing
act of closing down a bank because of a fiscal emergency or failure
the act of laying off an employee or a work force
miscarriage, spontaneous abortion, stillbirth
a natural loss of the products of conception
induced abortion
a deliberate termination of pregnancy
deactivation, inactivation
breaking up a military unit (by transfers or discharges)
honorable discharge
a discharge from the armed forces with a commendable record
dishonorable discharge
a discharge from the armed forces for a grave offense (as sabotage or espionage or cowardice or murder)
Section Eight
a discharge from the US Army based on unfitness or character traits deemed undesirable
neutralisation, neutralization
(euphemism) the removal of a threat by killing or destroying it (especially in a covert operation or military operation)
the discontinuation of a franchise; especially the discontinuation of the right to vote
the act by a donor that terminates the right of a person to inherit
the act or instance of a planned discontinuation
discontinuation of the meeting (of a legislative body) without dissolving it
annulment, invalidation
(law) a formal termination (of a relationship or a judicial proceeding etc)
a deliberate act of destruction or disruption in which equipment is damaged
extermination, liquidation
the act of exterminating
genocide, race murder, racial extermination
systematic killing of a racial or cultural group
an act of mass destruction and loss of life (especially in war or by fire)
the act of demolishing
(law) the intentional destruction of a document or an alteration of it that destroys its value as evidence
hooliganism, malicious mischief, vandalism
willful wanton and malicious destruction of the property of others
the act of dismounting (a horse or bike etc.)
explosion, plosion
the terminal forced release of pressure built up during the occlusive phase of a stop consonant
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change of state
the act of changing something into something different in essential characteristics

n a coming to an end of a contract period

expiration, expiry
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end, ending
the point in time at which something ends

n a place where something ends or is complete

end point, endpoint, terminus
Type of:
end, terminal
either extremity of something that has length

n something that results

final result, outcome, result, resultant
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the outcome of a complex sequence of events
the type of treatment received (especially as the result of an agreement)
the outcome of a game or contest
(boxing) a victory won on points when no knockout has occurred
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)
the termination of employment (by resignation or dismissal)
sequel, subsequence
something that follows something else
the least favorable outcome
fair deal, square deal
fair treatment
raw deal
unfair treatment
split decision
a boxing decision in which the judges are not unanimous
a practical consequence that follows naturally
comeupance, comeuppance, deserts
an outcome (good or bad) that is well deserved
the consequence of some effort or action
a secondary consequence
a series of consequences wrought by an event
payoff, reward, wages
a recompense for worthy acts or retribution for wrongdoing
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conclusion, ending, finish
event whose occurrence ends something

n the end of a word (a suffix or inflectional ending or final morpheme)

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
Type of:
minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units

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