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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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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Of 250 Independence police pursuits in 2017, 145 were discontinued for safety reasons — that's 58 percent. Joe Robertson, Katie Bernard, Glenn E. Rice And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "'Somebody's going to die,' crash witness knew; Independence defends police chases," 4 June 2018 Microsoft originally launched a cheaper and smaller Surface 3 tablet three years ago, aiming it at students before discontinuing it. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft’s $400 Surface tablet hits the FCC, could launch soon," 3 July 2018 The Chicago Network for 16 years commisioned an annual census of local board and executive diversity, but discontinued it after 2014 because the gains were so marginal, Bensen said. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "More women are landing seats on Illinois' corporate boards, but pace of change is 'glacial'," 24 May 2018 The next mayor can continue it or discontinue it — that’s their prerogative. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘He really loves the job’: Could SF interim Mayor Mark Farrell return?," 17 May 2018 That year, Continental Airlines canceled nonstop service between Cleveland and London; a year earlier, Continental discontinued service to Paris. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Cleveland air travel enters the Iceland age; Wow Air launches this week, Icelandair to follow," 29 Apr. 2018 Even with that provision, officials in San Francisco found the DROP program too expensive and discontinued it within three years. Anchorage Daily News, "LA firefighters and police turn deferred retirement program into extended leave," 4 Feb. 2018 Even with that provision, officials in San Francisco found the DROP program too expensive and discontinued it within three years. Ryan Menezes, latimes.com, "Battling treacherous office chairs and aching backs, aging cops and firefighters miss years of work and collect twice the pay," 3 Feb. 2018 Ford recently announced plans to discontinue U.S. sales of most passenger cars, while Fiat Chrysler has already done so. Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot," 28 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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The first known use of discontinue was in the 14th century

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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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