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[lik-wi-deyt] /ˈlɪk wɪˌdeɪt/

verb (used with object), liquidated, liquidating.
to settle or pay (a debt):
to liquidate a claim.
to reduce (accounts) to order; determine the amount of (indebtedness or damages).
to convert (inventory, securities, or other assets) into cash.
to get rid of, especially by killing:
to liquidate the enemies of the regime.
to break up or do away with:
to liquidate a partnership.
verb (used without object), liquidated, liquidating.
to liquidate debts or accounts; go into .


(transitive) to convert (assets) into cash
(transitive) to eliminate or kill

1570s, “to reduce to order, to set out clearly” (of accounts), from Late Latin or Medieval Latin liquidatus, past participle of liquidare “to melt, make liquid or clear, clarify,” from Latin liquidus (see liquid). Sense of “clear away” (a debt) first recorded 1755. The meaning “wipe out, kill” is from 1924, possibly from Russian likvidirovat. Related: Liquidated; liquidating.


To kill

[1924+; based on Russian likvidirovat, ”liquidate, wind up”]


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