discontinue

verb
dis·​con·​tin·​ue | \ ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-(ˌ)yü \
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 \ -​kən-​ˌtin-​yə-​ˈwā-​shən , -​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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She and Evan agreed to discontinue life support, and Shannon took her baby girl in her arms for the first and last time. Amy Paturel, Good Housekeeping, "When People Ask Me How Many Children I Have, I Don't Know What to Say," 26 Dec. 2018 After news of McCain’s choosing to discontinue treatment on Friday, a video of his time on the campaign trail in 2008 resurfaced. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Watch John McCain defend Barack Obama against a racist voter in 2008," 26 Aug. 2018 The uncertainty partly stems from San Diego being the only city in California to discontinue pensions for new hires, meaning there is no model to follow. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "If state Supreme Court rules against San Diego on pensions, it could could cost city millions," 14 July 2018 Last week, government officials in the Bahamas announced that the tour company, Four C’s Adventures, has been ordered to discontinue operations until a complete investigation is completed. Ernie Suggs, ajc, "Sorority vigil held for Maleka Jackson, Atlanta woman killed in Bahamas boat accident," 8 July 2018 Based on the results of those tests, a doctor ordered him to discontinue warfarin and switch to another drug. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "As Theranos drama unwinds, former patients claim inaccurate tests changed their lives," 5 July 2018 Verizon is the first telecom company to discontinue the sale of this data. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Verizon Halts Sale of Some Phone-Location Data," 19 June 2018 Murphy, 60, this month told state departments to prepare to discontinue all but essential services. Elise Young, Bloomberg.com, "Murphy Says He’ll Veto New Jersey Budget If It Omits His Tax Increases," 18 June 2018 Cars being discontinued include the Chevrolet Cruze, Volt, and Impala, along with the Buick LaCrosse, Cadillac XTS, and Cadillac CT6. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "General Motors is cutting 14,000 jobs and focusing on self-driving and electric vehicles," 26 Nov. 2018

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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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discontinue

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

discontinue

verb
dis·​con·​tin·​ue | \ ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-yü \
discontinued; discontinuing

Kids Definition of discontinue

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

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