- simple past tense and past participle of cease
The definition of ceased means to have ended.
An example of ceased is for a store to have stopped selling candles yesterday.
- The talking instantly ceased, hats and caps were doffed, and all eyes were raised to the count.
- The family ceased talking as she appeared.
- Kiki ceased pacing and stared at the walls.
- He ceased pacing and cocked his head to the side.
- He reached it as it ceased ringing.