Cease Definition

ceased, ceases, ceasing
ceased, ceases, ceasing
To put an end to; discontinue.
The factory ceased production.
American Heritage
To bring or come to an end; stop; discontinue.
Webster's New World
To stop performing an activity or action; desist.
American Heritage
A ceasing, as of some activity.
Webster's New World

Origin of Cease

  • from Middle English cesen, cessen, from Middle French cesser (“to cease, blin”), from Latin cessō (“leave off”), frequentative of cēdō (“to leave off, go away”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English cesen from Old French cesser from Latin cessāre to stop frequentative of cēdere to yield ked- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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