- 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 amp; 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 discontinuare : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin continuare, to continue; see continue.
(third-person singular simple present discontinues, present participle discontinuing, simple past and past participle discontinued)
From Old French discontinuer.