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

Other Words from discontinue

discontinuation \ ˌdis-​kən-​ˌtin-​yə-​ˈwā-​shən How to pronounce discontinue (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.
Recent Examples on the Web In this case, automatic withdrawals would happen unless people decided not to participate or decided to discontinue. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 27 Feb. 2022 In this case, automatic withdrawals would happen unless people decided not to participate or decided to discontinue. Russ Wiles, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2022 While most mobile users have moved on from BlackBerry -- the last version of its operating system launched in 2013 -- the move to discontinue support for its phones represents the end of what was once considered bleeding-edge technology. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 1 Jan. 2022 The decrease stems in part from pressure on international airlines and tour groups to discontinue the immigrant pipeline to Belarus. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 Scott Hall’s family planned to discontinue his life support according to longtime tag team partner and best friend Kevin Nash. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 15 Mar. 2022 Wrestler Kevin Nash announced Sunday his family planned to discontinue life support. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 15 Mar. 2022 But such effects prompted 6 percent of high-dose recipients to discontinue. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Hyundai will reportedly discontinue the Sonata mid-size sedan after the current generation runs its course. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 23 May 2022 See More

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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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28 Jun 2022

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“Discontinue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinue. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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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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