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discontinue

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of discontinue

  1. 1 to bring (as an action or operation) to an immediate end the editors were told to discontinue the printing of rumors in the student paper immediately Synonyms of discontinue break, break off, break up, can [slang], cease, cut off, cut out, desist (from), stop, drop, end, give over, halt, knock off, lay off, leave off, pack (up or in), quit, shut offWords Related to discontinue complete, conclude, finish; close (down); deactivate; block, blockade, dam, delay, detain, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, kibosh, obstruct, stem; call, suspend; arrest, brake, check, clamp down, rein (in), squash, squelch, stamp, stanch (or staunch), stunt, suppress, turn back; pause, stay, suspend; abolish, abort, annul, demolish, destroy, dissolve, kill, ruin, scuttle, snuffNear Antonyms of discontinue carry on, continue, follow through (with), keep up, run on; advance, proceed, progress; actuate, drive, impel, propel, stir

  2. 2 to stop doing (something) permanently we have discontinued the manufacture of that item Synonyms of discontinue abandon, quit, drop, give up, knock off, lay off (of), pack (up or in)Words Related to discontinue break off, break up, cease, close, conclude, end, expire, finish, halt, leave off, shut off; pause, taper off; throw up; round (off or out), terminate, wind up, wrap upNear Antonyms of discontinue go, run on; hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist; follow through (with); renew, reopen, restart, resume; preserve, stay; begin, commence, startAntonyms of discontinue carry on, continue, keep, keep up, maintain

  3. 3 to come to an end publication of the magazine will discontinue at the end of the year Synonyms of discontinue break off, break up, close, conclude, dead-end, determine, die, cease, elapse, end, expire, finish, go, halt, lapse, leave off, let up, pass, quit, stop, terminate, wind up, wink (out)Words Related to discontinue desist (from), lay off (of), refrain (from); give over [British], knock off, pack (up or in); break down, conk (out), cut out, stall; pause, stay, suspend; abate, peter (out), wind downNear Antonyms of discontinue draw out, extend, prolong, protractAntonyms of discontinue continue, hang on, persist

Synonym Discussion of discontinue

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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