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cease

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the stopping of a process or activity
  • worked without cease for the betterment of humanity
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cease

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1 to come to an end
  • The rain finally ceased, and we were able to continue the baseball game.
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bite the dust

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2 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end
  • Cease chattering and get down to work, please!
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have done with, put the kibosh on

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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


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