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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With the new phones, Apple has lowered the prices by $100 of the older iPhone 8 and 8 Plus models to $449 and $549 and discontinued the current XS and XS Max models. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Apple launches 3 new iPhones starting at $699, plus updated Watch and iPad," 4 Sep. 2019 But discontinuing all gun sales would only undermine the company’s role in helping develop more responsible processes throughout the industry. Andrew Ross Sorkin, New York Times, "Walmart’s C.E.O. Steps Into the Gun Debate. Other C.E.O.s Should Follow.," 3 Sep. 2019 That means Apple will likely no longer sell a new model with a 9.7-inch display, discontinuing the original display size after using it for nearly a decade. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Apple readies camera-focused Pro iPhones, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro," 31 Aug. 2019 The closures are likely to continue decline further as towns discontinue lifeguard coverage on their beaches with the end of vacations and children going back to school. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "As holiday weekend approaches, number of Cape beach closures rises toward 100," 30 Aug. 2019 Olszewski reiterated Wednesday that the police department discontinued the test. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore County police exam that prompted discrimination lawsuit is similar to tests used by other agencies," 29 Aug. 2019 The weekly address started as the other party’s response to an address given every week by the president from 1992 until Trump discontinued the practice. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Wasserman Schultz says President Trump is stealing from military to fund ‘vanity’ border wall," 6 Sep. 2019 Ever since Apple discontinued its 17-inch MacBook Pro in 2012, the largest laptop the company sold has been its 15-inch model. Time, "Apple's Biggest Event of the Year Is Nearly Upon Us," 4 Sep. 2019 The new laptop would mark Apple’s largest since the 17-inch MacBook Pro was discontinued in 2012. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "Apple readies camera-focused Pro iPhones, new iPads, larger MacBook Pro," 31 Aug. 2019

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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 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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