Cease meaning

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The definition of cease means to stop or discontinue.

An example of cease is a fight between two people being put to an end.

verb
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To put an end to; discontinue.

The factory ceased production.

verb
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To come to an end; stop.

A process that never ceases.

verb
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To stop performing an activity or action; desist.
verb
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To bring or come to an end; stop; discontinue.
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Cessation; ceasing.

We worked without cease to get the project finished on time.

noun
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A ceasing, as of some activity.
noun
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(formal, intransitive) To stop.

And with that, his twitching ceased.

verb
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(formal) To stop doing (something).

And with that, he ceased twitching.

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Origin of cease

  • 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

  • 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