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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Recent Examples on the Web Clemizole was discontinued in the United States and elsewhere in favor of newer antihistamines, but a drug for weight loss, lorcaserin, binds to the same receptors and had the same helpful effect on Baraban's fish. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "As epilepsy drugs fail nearly one-third of patients, scientists seek root causes of seizures," 12 Dec. 2019 The previous system was discontinued following the refugee influx in 2017. The Economist, "Give every child a legal identity," 19 Nov. 2019 Meghan's favorite style of Birdies, The Blackbird slipper, was discontinued, but the brand recently brought the look back (with some modern improvements). Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Beloved, Previously-Discontinued Birdies Flats Are Back," 26 Oct. 2019 Some 20,000 were given away each year before the program was discontinued. National Geographic, "The epic history of the humble goldfish," 9 Oct. 2019 The game was discontinued in 2013 after conferences and universities backed out of deals that allowed the company to use logos but kept them from using player names. Marco Santana, orlandosentinel.com, "EA could revive NCAA College Football game in Central Florida, analysts say," 2 Oct. 2019 Go365 was discontinued in the aftermath of the strike. Lena Solow, The New Republic, "The Scourge of Worker Wellness Programs," 2 Sep. 2019 And in 1995, Rose Festival officials voted to discontinue the junior court after deciding the process was harmful to such young girls. Lizzy Acker, OregonLive.com, "The Rose Festival Junior Parade turns 100," 21 May 2018 The board voted Monday to discontinue the uniform requirement. Jesse Leavenworth, Courant Community, "Manchester School Officials To Establish Student Dress Code After Ditching Uniforms," 17 May 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinue. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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