cease·​less | \ ˈsēs-ləs How to pronounce ceaseless (audio) \

Definition of ceaseless

: continuing without cease : constant ceaseless efforts

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Other Words from ceaseless

ceaselessly adverb
ceaselessness noun

Examples of ceaseless in a Sentence

her ceaseless efforts to build and improve the business there has been ceaseless rain for three days

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Al's curiosity and eagerness to learn new things was ceaseless. courant.com, "Alexander W. Dzialo," 20 June 2019 Aside from a two-year break in the '70s, which was depicted in Rocketman, their writing partnership (and friendship) has been ceaseless. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "18 Things You Didn't Know About Rocketman, But Need To," 5 June 2019 Grandpa told me the stories of the parade in 1948 when the Indians won the World Series—the ceaseless cheering, the horns blowing, the pots and pans turned noisemakers for the days following the game. Hayden Grove, cleveland.com, "Cleveland did its best, Grandpa: A story of a grandfather, a grandson and a bond built through Cleveland sports," 29 June 2019 Probably our mother just needed a rest from our endless demands, our ceaseless movement. Mary Grimm, The New Yorker, "Back Then," 17 June 2019 June and July, bleeding into the early part of August, are always loaded with a ceaseless stream of speculation on moves which, by and large, won't happen. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Everton to United, Trippier to Juve, Tokoz to Liverpool or Arsenal and More," 16 June 2019 At the same time, Ailes’s ceaseless vulgarity and gluttonous addiction to power are certainly and horrifically watchable. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "‘The Loudest Voice’ really sticks it to Roger Ailes, who is still dead and doesn’t care what anyone thinks," 13 June 2019 Celilo, about 190 miles from the Pacific Ocean, formed a series of long, low plateaus at different heights across a narrow section of the Columbia: wide, ceaseless cascades of hard water that naturally gathered the fish in great pools. Sallie Tisdale, Harper's magazine, "Catechism of the Waters," 10 June 2019 Plato created the enduring image of him as a saintly bum, wandering the streets barefoot, wrapped in a tattered cloak, too absorbed in his ceaseless contemplation of virtue and justice to take any interest in worldly affairs. Jamie James, WSJ, "‘Socrates in Love’ Review: A Vigorous, Brilliant Young Man," 17 May 2019

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First Known Use of ceaseless

1570, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ceaseless

somewhat formal : seeming to never stop : continuous or constant


cease·​less | \ ˈsēs-ləs How to pronounce ceaseless (audio) \

Kids Definition of ceaseless

: occurring without stop or over and over again

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