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 discontinue (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 Additionally, as part of the agreement, the companies will discontinue any trading activity with New York residents. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Cryptocurrency Firms Bitfinex, Tether Settle New York Attorney General’s Probe," 23 Feb. 2021 Lotus will soon discontinue the Elise, Exige, and Evora sports cars. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Lotus Confirms Existing Lineup Will Die, New Sports Car Coming Soon," 27 Jan. 2021 Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park will discontinue its timed-entry reservation system implemented last year for visitors during the pandemic. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Rocky Mountain National Park Is No Longer Requiring Reservations," 22 Jan. 2021 Montgomery was the first of the final three federal inmates scheduled to die before next week's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, who is expected to discontinue federal executions. Michael Tarm And Heather Hollingsworth, Star Tribune, "US carries out its 1st execution of female inmate since 1953," 13 Jan. 2021 An outgoing Wyoming Republican state representative is organizing a protest to urge Republican Gov. Mark Gordon to discontinue coronavirus health restrictions that are set to expire on Jan. 8. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "‘Diddy’ delivers, chicken coops, New Year’s Eve restrictions: News from around our 50 states," 31 Dec. 2020 Others discontinue the therapy because of the side effects. Cezary Podkul, WSJ, "How to Stop Biting Your Nails—a Potential Treatment Offers Promise," 28 Dec. 2020 Under this agreement, Pfizer will discontinue its temperature monitoring once the boxes arrive at their destination, and the federal government will simultaneously turn the system back on. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, "Pfizer decision to turn off temperature sensors forced scramble to ensure Covid-19 vaccines kept ultra-cold," 17 Dec. 2020 The married couple had spent several days in the intensive care unit, but their condition worsened and their family made the heartbreaking decision to discontinue life support, Paul's son Christopher Blackwell told CBS 11. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "Married Teachers Die from COVID-19 Complications While Holding Hands One Last Time," 15 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of discontinue was in the 14th century

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“Discontinue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/discontinue. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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