dis·​con·​tin·​ue | \ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-(ˌ)yü \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

The super-expensive Apple Watch has been discontinued. Chris Welch, The Verge, "The Apple Watch Edition is dead," 12 Sep. 2018 The program was discontinued at the end of 2013 when immigration restrictions on Bulgaria and Romania were lifted. Will Horner, WSJ, "On Britain’s Farms, a Shortage of EU Workers Squeezes Harvests," 29 Aug. 2018 Recently, my longtime favorite under eye concealer was discontinued, which is why the arrival of Clé de Peau’s new Radiant Corrector this month couldn’t have come at a better time. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "This New Under-Eye Concealer Just Launched—And It Already Has Cult Status," 25 Aug. 2018 After almost a decade of being discontinued, the Aveda Cherry Almond softening line is back with a new and improved formula, and the wait list is already through the roof. Maria Cassano, Allure, "Aveda's Best-Selling Cherry Almond Shampoo and Conditioner Are Finally Back in Stock," 27 July 2018 When Nintendo released the SNES Classic Edition last year, the NES Classic Edition was discontinued. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Where to Buy the Nintendo NES Classic Edition," 29 June 2018 Like yesterday’s fashion, has Center City’s retail revival been discontinued? Katherine Nails, Philly.com, "Under Armour store on Walnut Street closes," 27 June 2018 That practice was discontinued in 2015, for reasons that remain unclear. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "How to Get into the Royal Enclosure at Ascot," 18 June 2018 After Snipes was rehospitalized, her blood thinner was discontinued, her hip was reset, and she was discharged to a different nursing home, according to the family’s lawsuit. Jordan Rau, Washington Post, "Medicare Takes Aim At Boomerang Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Patients," 13 June 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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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 \
discontinued; discontinuing

Kids Definition of discontinue

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

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