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 discontinue (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 Those who are not at high risk should discontinue use of their CPAP machines. BostonGlobe.com, 6 July 2021 The in-person summer program is a prelude to the fall term when New York City will discontinue remote learning, and approximately 582,000 students who haven’t been inside of school buildings since March 2020 will be required to return. Lee Hawkins, WSJ, 28 June 2021 The automaker sold an electric version of its Clarity sedan but recently decided to discontinue that model, which was never intended to sell in high quantities. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, 28 June 2021 The company had already decided to discontinue the production and sale of pain medication in the United States last year, a spokesperson said. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 26 June 2021 Unfortunately, Amazon’s concept for Dash Buttons was apparently ahead of its time and didn’t get enough traction because the company decided to discontinue Dash Buttons last year. Maren Estrada, BGR, 21 June 2021 For the first time, Sony decided not to discontinue the WF-1000XM3 after the release of the WF-1000XM4, marking its confidence behind the older model. Nina Huang, EW.com, 21 June 2021 Similarly, the Natalia ISD school board decided on Oct. 12 to discontinue remote learning in phases. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, 21 Oct. 2020 American Airlines will discontinue its in-flight magazine American Way, the glossy publication that has lined the company’s seatback pockets since 1966. Grace Lieberman, Dallas News, 11 June 2021

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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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“Discontinue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinue. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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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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