To bring to an end or halt: "His action terminated the most hopeful period of reform in Prussian history\u201d ( Gordon A. Craig). To occur at or form the end of; conclude or finish: a display of fireworks that terminated the festivities. To discontinue the employment of; dismiss: a company that terminated 300 workers. To come to an end: The oil pipeline terminates at a shipping port. Negotiations terminated yesterday. See Synonyms at complete. To have as an end or result: "The Peloponnesian war ... terminated in the ruin of the Athenian commonwealth\u201d ( Alexander Hamilton).