dis·​con·​tin·​ue | \ ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce discontinue (audio) \
discontinued; discontinuing; discontinues

Definition of discontinue

transitive verb

1 : to break the continuity of : cease to operate, administer, use, produce, or take
2 : to abandon or terminate by a legal discontinuance

intransitive verb

: to come to an end

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Other Words from discontinue

discontinuation \ ˌdis-​kən-​ˌtin-​yə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce discontinuation (audio) , -​yü-​ˈā-​ \ noun

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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

Examples of discontinue in a Sentence

He discontinued his visits to the psychiatrist. She chose to discontinue her studies. The company has announced that the current model will be discontinued next year. They are planning to discontinue bus service between the two towns.
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Oreo has long existed in cereal form, with Oreo O’s — the sweet, chocolatey cereal designed to taste just like an Oreo cookie in a bowl — first hitting shelves in 1997 before being discontinued in 2007 and then relaunched by Post in 2017. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "General Mills Now Has Drumstick Ice Cream Cereal in 2 Different Flavors," 8 July 2019 Walmart recalled products Altaire is recalling 74 lots from Walmart, which include 10 Equate products and one eye drop under the Support Harmony brand, which was discontinued in January 2018, according to the recall notice. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "Eye drops sold at Walmart, Walgreens recalled because they may not be sterile," 5 July 2019 New Coke remained Coke until it was renamed Coke II in 1992, and then discontinued in 2002. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "New Coke finds success — finally! — with ‘Stranger Things 3’," 2 July 2019 In a surprise move, the government announced the 1,000 shillings ($10) note will be discontinued by October 1 in a bid to fight corruption, counterfeit, and money laundering. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Kenya is introducing new banknotes in a bid to fight corruption," 4 June 2019 Two years later, Hasbro acquired Kenner, producers of the Star Wars line of action figures, and Joe was overshadowed and outsold, In 1994, the line was discontinued for good. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 As for technology, the city still prepares its financial statements with a combination of excel spreadsheets, Word and the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet program, which was discontinued in 2014. Claudia Vargas, Philly.com, "Sloppy city bookkeeping ripe for abuse, Philly Controller says in audit," 12 June 2018 The Maricopa County Department of Public Health's county health center discontinued its monthly clinic for leprosy patients in February because the federal government cut funding. Ken Alltucker, azcentral, "Money for leprosy: Trump administration reverses budget cuts that jeopardized clinics," 10 May 2018 Aibo, which Sony recently upgraded after discontinuing the product for more than a decade, can adapt its personality in response to how it's treated. Kate Baggaley, NBC News, "New companion robots can't do much but make us love them," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of discontinue

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for discontinue

Middle English, from Anglo-French discontinuer, from Medieval Latin discontinuare, from Latin dis- + continuare to continue

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English Language Learners Definition of discontinue

: to end (something)
: to stop making or offering (a product, service, etc.)


dis·​con·​tin·​ue | \ ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-yü How to pronounce discontinue (audio) \
discontinued; discontinuing

Kids Definition of discontinue

: to bring to an end : stop She discontinued her weekly visits.

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