AskDefine | Define cease

Dictionary Definition

cease n : (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end

Verb

1 put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" [syn: discontinue, stop, give up, quit, lay off] [ant: continue]
2 have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo" [syn: end, stop, finish, terminate] [ant: begin]

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English

Etymology

Via cesser, from cessare, frequentative of cedere, "to go away".

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. formal intransitive To stop.
    And with that, his twitching ceased.
  2. formal transitive To stop doing (something).
    And with that, he ceased twitching.
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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