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Meaning of LIQUIDATE

Pronunciation:  'likwi`deyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [v]  get rid of; kill; "The mafia liquidated the informer"
  2. [v]  settle the affairs of by determining the debts and applying the assets to pay them off; "liquidate a company"
  3. [v]  convert into cash; "I had to liquidate my holdings to pay off my ex-husband"
  4. [v]  eliminate by paying off; as of debts
 

LIQUIDATE is a 9 letter word that starts with L.

 

 Synonyms: do in, knock off, pay off, waste
 
 See Also: amortise, amortize, ante up, cash, cash in, kill, lift, pay, pay up, settle

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Liq"ui*date\ (l[i^]k"w[i^]*d[=a]t), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. {Liquidated} (-d[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n.
{Liquidating}.] [LL. liquidatus, p. p. of liquidare to
liquidate, fr. L. liquidus liquid, clear. See {Liquid}.]
1. (Law) To determine by agreement or by litigation the
   precise amount of (indebtedness); or, where there is an
   indebtedness to more than one person, to determine the
   precise amount of (each indebtedness); to make the amount
   of (an indebtedness) clear and certain.

         A debt or demand is liquidated whenever the amount
         due is agreed on by the parties, or fixed by the
         operation of law.                     --15 Ga. Rep.
                                               321.

         If our epistolary accounts were fairly liquidated, I
         believe you would be brought in considerable debtor.
                                               --Chesterfield.

2. In an extended sense: To ascertain the amount, or the
   several amounts, of, and apply assets toward the discharge
   of (an indebtedness). --Abbott.

3. To discharge; to pay off, as an indebtedness.

         Friburg was ceded to Zurich by Sigismund to
         liquidate a debt of a thousand florins. --W. Coxe.

4. To make clear and intelligible.

         Time only can liquidate the meaning of all parts of
         a compound system.                    --A. Hamilton.

5. To make liquid. [Obs.]

{Liquidated damages} (Law), damages the amount of which is
   fixed or ascertained. --Abbott.

 
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