intransitive verb-·ceased′, -·ceas′ing
Archaic to stop; end
Origin of surceaseMiddle English sursessen from Old French sursis, past participle of surseoir, to pause, delay from Classical Latin supersedere, to refrain from: see supersede
an end, or cessation
tr. & intr.v.sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing, sur·ceas·es
To bring or come to an end; stop.
Origin of surceaseMiddle English surcesen variant ( influenced by cesen to cease ) of sursesen from Anglo-Norman surseser from Old French surseoir sursis- to refrain from Latin supersedēre ; see supersede .
(third-person singular simple present surceases, present participle surceasing, simple past and past participle surceased)