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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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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Recent Examples on the Web The reform policy also states that the department will discontinue its participation in the 1033 Program, which allows federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to acquire surplus military-specific equipment and other supplies. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Pima County sheriff vows to change department, announces reforms," 10 July 2020 Boeing issued a statement neither confirming nor denying plans to discontinue the plane. Chris Isidore, CNN, "Time could be running out for the 747," 5 July 2020 Johnson & Johnson has also pledged to discontinue some of their Neutrogena and Clean & Clear products, advertised as dark-spot reducers in Asia and the Middle East. Fox News, "L'Oreal to remove the word 'whitening' from its products," 27 June 2020 Johnson & Johnson claims that the brand had already planned to discontinue Neutrogena's Fine Fairness products and replace them with a Bright Boost line that focuses on even skin tone versus lightening. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "The Skin-Lightening Industry Is Facing A Long Overdue Reckoning," 26 June 2020 Asked about the decision to discontinue the EV Champions program, Gromis was blunt. Maxine Joselow, Scientific American, "Lyft Aims for an All-Electric Fleet by 2030—Is That Possible?," 23 June 2020 The company decided to discontinue the feature in light of scrutiny of its relationship with law enforcement. Cat Zakrzewski, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Major brands announce temporary Facebook ad boycott," 22 June 2020 The company plans to have a new name by year’s end and will discontinue the Eskimo character. BostonGlobe.com, "Bath Iron Works shipbuilders vote to strike," 21 June 2020 Accordingly University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "’Gator Bait’ deemed to have ‘horrific historic racist imagery’ by Florida president, won’t be used," 18 June 2020

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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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The first known use of discontinue was in the 14th century

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“Discontinue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinue. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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