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Meaning of cease by Wiktionary Dictionary



    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” ) .


    • IPA: /siːs/
    • Rhymes: -iːs


    cease ( third-person singular simple present ceases present participle ceasing, simple past and past participle ceased )

    1. ( formal, intransitive ) To stop .
      And with that, his twitching ceased .
    2. ( formal, transitive ) To stop doing ( something ), blin .
      And with that, he ceased twitching .

Explanation of cease by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense

    2. put an end to a state or an activity

    1. end

    Definition of cease by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cease ( sēs ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ceased ( sēst ); p. pr. & vb. n. Ceasing.] [OE. cessen, cesen, F. cesser, fr. L. cessare, v. intensive fr. cedere to withdraw. See Cede , and cf. Cessation.]
      1. To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to desist; as, “the noise ceased”. “To cease from strife.” Prov. xx. 3.

      2. To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.

      The poor shall never cease out of the land. Deut. xv. 11.

      Syn. -- To intermit; desist; stop; abstain; quit; discontinue; refrain; leave off; pause; end.

    2. Cease, v. t. To put a stop to; to bring to an end.

      But he, her fears to cease

      Sent down the meek-eyed peace. Milton.

      Cease, then, this impious rage. Milton

    3. Cease, n. Extinction. [Obs.] Shak.