ces·​sa·​tion | \ se-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce cessation (audio) \

Definition of cessation

: a temporary or final ceasing (as of action) : stop mutually agreed to a cessation of fighting

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Examples of cessation in a Sentence

Relapses after cessation of treatment are common. the cessation of the snowstorm was a relief
Recent Examples on the Web In the past three years, the county’s drug prevention coalition has given Narcan training to an estimated 600 young children and teenagers in after-school programs, babysitting classes, and vaping cessation courses. Dan Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Open, insert, squirt.’ In this town, children are taught to administer Narcan," 23 Feb. 2020 Families also can go to the Ohio Department of Health website to find free counseling on nicotine cessation techniques, or call the Ohio Tobacco Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW). Julie Washington, cleveland, "Ohio’s new tobacco law will help steer youth away from vaping, state health director says," 15 Oct. 2019 Wellness programs typically grant employees benefits, including discounts on their health coverage, for undergoing health screening, taking smoking cessation or nutrition classes, or getting more exercise. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Trump runs dry on healthcare ideas, promotes wellness programs known to be useless," 4 Oct. 2019 The air was clear and fresh, pollution in the capital having dropped by as much as fifty per cent in some areas since the cessation, seven weeks earlier, of all-but-essential commerce, travel, and industry. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Queasy London Celebrates the Seventy-fifth Anniversary of V-E Day," 9 May 2020 The coronavirus pandemic has meant the cessation of sports across the world, meaning that millions of high school and college seniors were deprived of the opportunity to finish — or even start — their final athletic seasons. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Middleton girls basketball team, UW wrestler Seth Gross get shoutouts from ESPN's Scott Van Pelt," 8 Apr. 2020 Gordy Bunch, chairman of The Woodlands Township Board of Directors, said on March 11 that cessation of the bus service — in only its second year of operation — would be coordinated properly with transit officials and bus providers. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands Express to reduce daily trips effective April 6," 3 Apr. 2020 Against Trump’s incumbency and already impressive war chest, Biden has a fundraising apparatus that, in February, was lagging three candidates who have since dropped out and will be hobbled further by the cessation of in-person fundraising events. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Joe Biden Pivots to Video," 24 Mar. 2020 Uber’s likely to make up for any losses from the cessation of Uber Pool with an uptick in business from Uber Eats. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Uber suspends shared rides as coronavirus continues to spread," 17 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of cessation

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cessation

Middle English cessacioun, from Middle French cessation, from Latin cessation-, cessatio delay, idleness, from cessare to delay, be idle — more at cease

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The first known use of cessation was in the 15th century

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27 May 2020

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“Cessation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cessation. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cessation

formal : a stopping of some action : a pause or stop


ces·​sa·​tion | \ se-ˈsā-shən How to pronounce cessation (audio) \

Kids Definition of cessation

: a coming to a stop

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