[ lik-wi-dey-shuh n ]
/ ˌlɪk wɪˈdeɪ ʃən /


the process of realizing upon assets and of discharging liabilities in concluding the affairs of a business, estate, etc.
the process of converting securities or commodities into cash.
the state of being liquidated: an estate in liquidation.

Origin of liquidation

First recorded in 1565–75; liquidate + -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM liquidation

non·liq·ui·da·tion, noun pre·liq·ui·da·tion, noun re·liq·ui·da·tion, noun

Example sentences from the Web for liquidation

British Dictionary definitions for liquidation

/ (ˌlɪkwɪˈdeɪʃən) /


  1. the process of terminating the affairs of a business firm, etc, by realizing its assets to discharge its liabilities
  2. the state of a business firm, etc, having its affairs so terminated (esp in the phrase to go into liquidation)
destruction; elimination

Cultural definitions for liquidation


The conversion of the assets of a firm into cash, often just before the firm goes out of business.