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1 bring to an end or halt; "She ended their friendship when she found out that he had once been convicted of a crime"; "The attack on Poland terminated the relatively peaceful period after WWI" [syn: end] [ant: begin, get down]
2 have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo" [syn: end, stop, finish, cease] [ant: begin]
3 be the end of; be the last or concluding part of; "This sad scene ended the movie" [syn: end]
4 terminate the employment of; "The boss fired his secretary today"; "The company terminated 25% of its workers" [syn: fire, give notice, can, dismiss, give the axe, send away, sack, force out, give the sack] [ant: hire]

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  1. transitive formal To finish or end.
  2. transitive euphemism To kill.
  3. transitive euphemism To end the employment contract of an employee; to fire or lay off.


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Terminate (terminat.exe) was a shareware modem terminal and host program for MS-DOS and compatible operating systems developed from the early to the late 1990s by the Dane Bo Bendtsen. The last release (5.00) was made in 1997; no details are still available for the first, but the T-Cfg program which performed config upgrades from 1.0 to 1.1 is dated 1994, so it seems reasonable to assume 1.0 was not that much earlier.
Compared to similar programs of its time, Terminate had a large number of built-in features like: a powerful phone book with long distance calling cost calculation, Fido Mailer, QWK offline mail reader, file manager, text editor, keyboard mapping, ISDN support, fax and voice-call features, chat, IEMSI, VGA mode detection, audio CD player, and a REXX-like scripting language.
Supported terminal emulation modes included ASCII, Avatar, ANSI, RIP, VT102, and others. A number of file transfer protocols like Zmodem were built into the application, along with support for external protocols like HSLink and BiModem.
The installation program could import the phone book and settings from other applications like: Telix, RemoteAccess, Frontdoor, BinkleyTerm, Portal of Power, as well as (indirectly) Minicom and Commo.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, abolish, abort, attend, ax, become of, belay, boot out, bounce, button up, cancel, cap, carry to completion, cashier, cease, clean up, climax, close, close out, close up, come about, come of, come out, complete, conclude, crown, culminate, cut it out, cut off, desist, determine, develop, discharge, discontinue, dismiss, dissolve, drop, drop it, end, ensue, eventuate, extinguish, fall out, fare, finalize, finish, finish off, finish up, fire, follow, get done, get it over, get through, get through with, give over, halt, have done with, hold, issue, kick out, knock it off, lay off, leave, leave off, mop up, pan out, perfect, perorate, prorogate, prorogue, prove, prove to be, quit, recess, refrain, relinquish, renounce, resign, resolve, result, rise, round out, sack, scrap, scratch, scrub, sign off, stay, stop, top off, top out, turn out, ultimate, unfold, wind down, wind up, work out, wrap up
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