discontinue

verb
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 discontinuation (audio) , -​yü-​ˈā-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for discontinue

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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In his letter, Shanahan gave the longtime NATO ally a July 31 deadline to discontinue its S-400 purchase. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "Turkish pilots at Luke Air Force Base grounded over Russian missile purchase disagreement," 10 June 2019 But Fiat Chrysler is expected to discontinue the Caravan sometime in the coming years. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Death of the minivan? As Americans buy more SUVs, is the minivan headed for the junkyard?," 7 June 2019 The document says paramedics continued life support for Rudolph until a doctor at a local hospital gave them the order to discontinue such efforts at 2:52 p.m. Dave Olson, Twin Cities, "Minnesota inmate, 19, died from care so inadequate it shocks the conscience, lawsuit alleges," 3 June 2019 Swan reiterated that Intel has decided to discontinue plans to compete in the smartphone 5G modem market. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Intel commits to shipping 7nm chips by 2021, an aggressive change of pace," 8 May 2019 Movie fans suffered a loss when AT&T, which bought Time Warner last year, decided to discontinue FilmStruck, a streaming service that was a collaboration between Turner Classic Movies and the Criterion Collection. Sarah Skidmore Sell, The Seattle Times, "How not to break the bank on streaming services," 15 Apr. 2019 However, amidst a restructuring the company decided to discontinue the model in America. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "GM's Lordstown Chevy Cruze Plant Closes Amidst Protests," 7 Mar. 2019 Insurance company MetLife also discontinued its discount program with the NRA on Friday. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Bank of America is latest company to insert itself into gun debate | Charlotte Observer," 26 Feb. 2018 Solutions from anyone outside the government were discouraged and discontinued, no matter how much progress had been made. Michael Ames, Newsweek, "Why Is the FBI Trying to Bury a Special Forces War Hero?," 2 Sep. 2015

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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 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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