dis·​con·​tin·​ue | \ ˌdis-kən-ˈtin-(ˌ)yü \
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 \ -​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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The Eloquii brand was first created by traditional retailer The Limited in 2011 but was discontinued just 18 months later. Jason Del Rey, Recode, "Walmart plans to acquire plus-sized fashion startup Eloquii for $100 million," 2 Oct. 2018 The disinfectant Oxipol also reportedly increased the risk of infection, but that product has been discontinued. Bartie Scott, Teen Vogue, "A Rare Eye Infection Is Spreading Among Contact Lens Wearers in the U.K.," 21 Sep. 2018 Starting November 2, Singapore Airlines will bring back its non-stop route from Los Angeles International to Singapore Changi, which launched in 2004 but was discontinued a decade later due to rising fuel costs, according to the The Telegraph. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Singapore Airlines to Launch Non-Stop Flights from LAX to Singapore," 11 July 2018 Google has also faced criticism from employees for its work on military drones—work Google is reportedly planning to discontinue in 2019. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Google CEO Sundar Pichai will face lawmakers at a hearing next week," 28 Nov. 2018 At the end of July, Amazon quietly removed its Kindle Voyage from its storefront, and appears to have discontinued the line of eBook readers, according to TheEbookReader and GoodEReader. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Amazon appears to have discontinued the Kindle Voyage," 19 Aug. 2018 Storm watches and warnings were discontinued for coastal regions, but those inland remained in effect. Madison Park And Darran Simon, CNN, "Alberto weakens to depression, but threat remains," 29 May 2018 And in 2006, the Taurus was briefly discontinued, but then revived as a Ford Five Hundred. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Goodbye to the Ford Taurus, the Chariot of my Childhood," 26 Apr. 2018 The day Snap reported its earnings, Bloomberg reported that Vogue, Wired and GQ, titles owned by publisher Condé Nast Inc., were discontinuing their Snapchat channels and laying off the employees that produced them. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Comscore Adds Limited Measurement Tool for Snapchat Discover," 5 Nov. 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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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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