transitive verb-·ued, -·u·ing
- to stop using, doing, etc.; cease; give up
- Law to effect a discontinuance of (a suit)
Origin of discontinueMiddle English discontinuen from Old French discontinuer from Medieval Latin discontinuare: see dis- and continue
verbdis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing, dis·con·tin·ues
- To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon: discontinued her visits to the museum; discontinued ferry service to the island. See Synonyms at stop.
- To cease making or manufacturing: discontinued the sports car in the 1960s.
- To cease subscribing to (a publication).
- Law a. To agree to dismiss (an action).b. To fail to proceed in (an action).
Origin of discontinueMiddle English discontinuen from Old French descontinuer from Medieval Latin discontinuāre Latin dis- dis- Latin continuāre to continue ; see continue .
(third-person singular simple present discontinues, present participle discontinuing, simple past and past participle discontinued)
From Old French discontinuer.