An example of cease is a fight between two people being put to an end.
intransitive verbceased, ceas′ing
Origin of ceaseMiddle English cesen from Old French cesser from Classical Latin cessare, to loiter, be idle from past participle of cedere, yield: see cede
Origin of ceaseME & OFr ces < v.
verbceased, ceas·ing, ceas·es
- To come to an end; stop: a process that never ceases.
- To stop performing an activity or action; desist: “fold our wings, / And cease from wanderings” ( Tennyson )
Origin of ceaseMiddle English cesen from Old French cesser from Latin cessāre to stop frequentative of cēdere to yield ; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present ceases, present participle ceasing, simple past and past participle ceased)
- (formal, intransitive) To stop.
- And with that, his twitching ceased.
- (formal) To stop doing (something).
- And with that, he ceased twitching.