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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The weekly address started as the other party’s response to an address given every week by the president from 1992 until Trump discontinued the practice. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Wasserman Schultz says President Trump is stealing from military to fund ‘vanity’ border wall," 6 Sep. 2019 Ever since Apple discontinued its 17-inch MacBook Pro in 2012, the largest laptop the company sold has been its 15-inch model. Time, "Apple's Biggest Event of the Year Is Nearly Upon Us," 4 Sep. 2019 The new laptop would mark Apple’s largest since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Apple readies camera-focused Pro iPhones, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro," 31 Aug. 2019 They were used until the Focus was discontinued with the 2018 model year and until the 2019 Fiesta. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "600,000 Ford Fiesta, Focus owners await notice on extended clutch repair warranty," 26 Aug. 2019 The new laptop would mark Apple’s largest since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012. Mark Gurman, Fortune, "Apple Is Launching New iPhones, iPads and Macs. Here’s What to Expect," 22 Aug. 2019 New Coke, rebranded as Coke II in the 1990's, was discontinued in 2002, but Stranger Things struck a deal with Coca-Cola to bring the soda back as a limited edition pack for the show's third season. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About New Coke from "Stranger Things"," 19 Aug. 2019 Although the Starcaster model was discontinued in 1980, Fender makes the guitar today. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Melissa Etheridge salutes original Woodstock acts before her Indiana State Fair show," 13 Aug. 2019 Although the recording of new shows was discontinued in 2012, reruns are still available online on the Stanford University web page. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "Jim Cullum Jr., who brought classic jazz from the River Walk to the world, has died at 77," 11 Aug. 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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