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liquidate
as in:  liquidate the assets


I liquidated my holdings.
  to convert into cash
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Sometimes "liquidate" is used to reference shutting down a business and converting its assets to cash to pay creditors.  More rarely, "liquidate" may mean to eliminate or kill.
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  • I liquidated my holdings.
  • I had asked my father to sell out, liquidate his business, and leave.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Then, in March 1943, the Nazis liquidated the entire ghetto.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • There needs only to be added the observation that history’s greatest liquidator of Jews, the thick-witted Heinrich Himmler, was a chicken farmer.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • Upon meeting the lawyer, he found out that Goldman had died a year earlier and his estate liquidated.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • Authors will be liquidated.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • In the camp office sat written orders, drawn up by the commander and approved by central military authorities, for all captives to be "liquidated" on September 15.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Liquidated assets as it were.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • At one point Derwent boasted that he could liquidate completely and realize the price of a three-year-old Chevrolet.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • There could be no doubt that a new phase of its liquidation had begun.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist

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  • I have an impression that they were to be contributed eventually towards the liquidation of the National Debt, but I know I had no hope of any personal participation in the treasure.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Total liquidation.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • My father, however, seldom called in the inspector, he preferred to be on the safe side and liquidate anything doubtful.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • I made a fool of myself with him once tonight and I am perfectly willing to liquidate him.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • It would be necessary to make inquiries, to look into mortgages, and see if there were any occasion for a sale by auction or a liquidation.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • A whole personality had been liquidated without a trace in a technologically faultless act that has defined our relationship ever since.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I guess you could say that we had successfully "liquidated" the bomb.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • Although he was convinced at that time of the urgency of liquidating the Conservative regime, the plot horrified him.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Not so much in point of amount as owing to the peculiar and pressing nature of liabilities Mr. C. has incurred and the means he has of liquidating or meeting the same.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Then he liquidated lands and animals and moved with new impetus and seventy thousand gold pesos to this ruined city and its moth-eaten glories, where a beautiful woman with an old-fashioned upbringing still had the possibility of being reborn through a fortunate marriage.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • We were seized for the debts occasioned by their illness and their funerals, and placed among the attractions of a cheap museum in Berlin to earn the liquidation money.
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • The next thing to observe is that the transfiguration of Jesus was witnessed by devotees who had extinguished their personal wills, men who had long since liquidated "life,"
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Under the temporary pressure of pecuniary liabilities, contracted with a view to their immediate liquidation, but remaining unliquidated through a combination of circumstances, I have been under the necessity of assuming a garb from which my natural instincts recoil — I allude to spectacles — and possessing myself of a cognomen, to which I can establish no legitimate pretensions.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • By that time the bills were piling up and I had to liquidate most of the stocks and long-term investments remaining to me after Helenda had taken her share.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I’d like him to come with me to the bank, the day I broke down in front of the teller and told her that I wanted to liquidate the college fund of Elizabeth Nealon.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • He had to sell his business, liquidate his assets, and assure himself of the necessary precautions, but he was determined to flee before his past caught up with him.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The deportation of a million Lithuanians, the murder of hundreds of thousands of Poles, the liquidation of the Crimean Tatars remain in our memory, but no photographic documentation exists; sooner or later they will therefore be proclaimed as fabrications.
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • "True, it may be necessary, initially, to liquidate opponents of the revolution," Ludovico admitted.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • While good citizens of Athens were being liquidated right and left, Socrates—so far as we know—did or said nothing to stop the violence.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Let me live onward; you shall find that, though slower, the progress of my character will liquidate all these debts without injustice to higher claims.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • The immediate pressure of this inequality was not in this case, as in that of the contributions of money, alleviated by the hope of a final liquidation.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • It was intended to convey that the prime minister would bear the responsibility if the story ever got out and the Russians sent a death squad to liquidate Zalachenko.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • Will Hodge Jr’s trip to Chicago was a total waste: Kleppmann’s man was just ahead of him, as usual, and had liquidated his stocks that very morning.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • I wrote and wrote; I liquidated all the arrears of my correspondence, and then went on writing to people who had no reason whatever to expect from me a gossipy letter about nothing at all.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • So while it’s tempting to liquidate her savings, and cash in the bonds, the better bet is probably to take advantage of the rate you can get from the local credit union on a loan.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Stalin said so—" he smiled drily, "it is not fashionable to quote Stalin—but he said once ’Half a million liquidated is a statistic, and one man killed in a traffic accident is a national tragedy.’
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • Following the Revolution, General Nathanael Greene had written to Washington from South Carolina that "many people secretly wish that every state be completely independent and that as soon as our public debts are liquidated that Congress should be no more."
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Back in the office, he outlined what she was in for: learn intimately the books and the business, go through probate, collect all debts, inventory the assets, get an appraisal of the estate, decide what to liquidate and what to hold on to, pay off claims, square away taxes, distribute legacies… "Hey," said Oedipa, "can’t I get somebody to do it for me?"
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • The liquidation of Austria.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The American Japanese were interned as we were in Canada, and sent off to concentration camps, but their property wasn’t liquidated as ours was.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • Words like PHENOMENON, ELEMENT, INDIVIDUAL (as noun), OBJECTIVE, CATEGORICAL, EFFECTIVE, VIRTUAL, BASIS, PRIMARY, PROMOTE, CONSTITUTE, EXHIBIT, EXPLOIT, UTILIZE, ELIMINATE, LIQUIDATE, are used to dress up simple statements and give an air of scientific impartiality to biased judgments.
    George Orwell  --  Politics and the English Language
  • …it and felt it digest yet still clung to that delusion, that calm incorrigible insistence that that which all incontrovertible evidence tells her is so does not exist, as women can; —that same self deluding which declined to admit that the liquidation of the store had left her something, that she had been left anything but a complete pauper, who would not accept the actual money from the sale of the store from judge Benbow yet would accept the money’s value (and after a few years,…
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • He got out of the old belted greatcoat he’d bought cheap at Freight Liquidation, where you go for factory discounts, for irregular suits and dresses, cardigans hijacked by mistake—they thought they were getting cigarettes.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • That much antimatter could literally liquidate everything in a half-mile radius!
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Liquidation of property.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
  • It was a double-edged deception, for the government did not dare attack the place for ten months, but when it did it unleashed such a large force against it that resistance was liquidated in a half hour.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Moody had surreptitiously drained large sums of cash from our bank accounts before we came to Iran, but he was unwilling to liquidate all of our assets, for that would surely have alerted me to his plans.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The majority of Aureliano’s friends were enthusiastic over the idea of liquidating the Conservative establishment, but no one had dared include him in the plans, not only because of his ties with the magistrate, but because of his solitary and elusive character.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • The Germans were making these films before they liquidated the ghetto, to give the lie to any disconcerting rumours if news of the action should reach the outside world.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • Seven months during which I had lost all my loved ones, survived the liquidation of the ghetto and helped to demolish its walls, heaving lime and stacks of bricks around.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
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