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terminate

American English

Meaning: to fire somebody from their job

For example:

  • How many factory workers can we terminate this month?

  • Unfortunately the company has been forced to terminate some valuable staff members.

Note: Also "termination" and "termination notice", as in "All the termination notices must be sent by Friday."

Variety: This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

We were terminated because the company wanted to

a. move us to a new department

b. reward us for our hard work

c. employ fewer people

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Contributor: Matt Errey