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

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Other Words from discontinue

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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With the update, the NHC also announced that a tropical storm warning stretching from South Santee River, S.C., to Surf City, N.C., had been discontinued, and that no coastal watches or warnings remained in effect. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Florence weakens to tropical depression, but flooding threat remains severe," 16 Sep. 2018 Dirty was actually recently discontinued, so the Insta caption's mention of the product left its fans demanding to know where Leo 2.0 Brian was getting it. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Employee Goes Viral for Being Leonardo DiCaprio's Doppelgänger," 15 Aug. 2018 In 2015, Louis Vuitton discontinued its iconic Takashi Murakami multicolor monogram bag. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Louis Vuitton Releases Additions to Its New Wave Collection," 15 Mar. 2019 Hamler-Fugitt's group discontinued navigator work last year after its grant funding was slashed 71 percent. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Obamacare: Outreach groups nervous as Trump remains silent on funding," 21 June 2018 The iconic photography company discontinued Ektachorme more than five years ago due to plunging sales and to the rise of digital. Kacy Burdette, Fortune, "Kodak Teases Test Photos on New Ektachrome Film," 5 June 2018 Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center in Miami discontinued all storm surge warnings for most of the state's peninsula. Tamara Lush And Rebecca Santana, chicagotribune.com, "Florida panhandle braces for impact as Alberto approaches," 27 May 2018 As first noticed by Tech Report, Intel quietly discontinued the Core i5-7640X and Core i7-7740X in a new document (PDF). Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel kills Kaby Lake-X, the bizarre enthusiast CPUs that nobody wanted," 1 May 2018 Venmo also discontinued the ability for customers to send and receive money through its website. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Venmo lost millions from fake payments this year," 26 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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discontinue

verb

English Language Learners Definition of discontinue

: to end (something)
: to stop making or offering (a product, service, etc.)

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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