verb \ˈsēs\

: to stop happening : to end

: to stop doing (something)


Full Definition of CEASE

transitive verb
:  to cause to come to an end especially gradually :  no longer continue <they were forced to cease operations> <cease to exist>
intransitive verb
a :  to come to an end <the fighting gradually ceased>
b :  to bring an activity or action to an end :  discontinue <they have been ordered to cease and desist>
obsolete :  to become extinct :  die out

Examples of CEASE

  1. The fighting along the border has temporarily ceased.
  2. The factory ceased operations last year.
  3. The child would not cease his constant whining.

Origin of CEASE

Middle English cesen, from Anglo-French cesser, from Latin cessare to hold back, be remiss, frequentative of cedere
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of CEASE

stop, cease, quit, discontinue, desist mean to suspend or cause to suspend activity. stop applies to action or progress or to what is operating or progressing and may imply suddenness or definiteness <stopped at the red light>. cease applies to states, conditions, or existence and may add a suggestion of gradualness and a degree of finality <by nightfall the fighting had ceased>. quit may stress either finality or abruptness in stopping or ceasing <the engine faltered, sputtered, then quit altogether>. discontinue applies to the stopping of an accustomed activity or practice <we have discontinued the manufacture of that item>. desist implies forbearance or restraint as a motive for stopping or ceasing <desisted from further efforts to persuade them>.

Rhymes with CEASE



Definition of CEASE

:  cessation —usually used with without

Examples of CEASE

  1. <worked without cease for the betterment of humanity>

First Known Use of CEASE

14th century
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verb \ˈsēs\

Definition of CEASE for Kids

:  to come or bring to an end :  stop <The talking ceased.>


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