verb (used without object), ceased, ceasing.
to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
to come to an end: At last the war has ceased.
Obsolete. to pass away; die out.
verb (used with object), ceased, ceasing.
to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling.
cessation: The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.

1250–1300; Middle English ces(s)en < Old French cesser < Latin cessāre to leave off, equivalent to cess(us) (past participle of cēdere to withdraw, go; ced- go + -tus past participle suffix) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive ending; see cede

unceased, adjective

2. terminate, end, culminate.

1, 2. begin.
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cease (siːs)
vb (when tr, may take a gerund or an infinitive as object)
1.  to bring or come to an end; desist from; stop
2.  without cease without stopping; incessantly
[C14: from Old French cesser, from Latin cessāre, frequentative of cēdere to yield, cede]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. cesser, from L. cessare "to cease, go slow," frequentative of cedere "go away, withdraw, yield" (see cede). Replaced O.E. geswican, and blinnan. Ceaseless is recorded from 1586; ceaselessly from 1593. Cease-fire "armistice" is from 1918.
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Idioms & Phrases


In addition to the idiom beginning with cease, also see wonders will never cease.

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Example sentences
Realize that it will never cease, never stop, but be your constant companion
  for as long as you live.
It doesn't matter what you do, a campus would cease to exist if it wasn't for a
  combined effort.
And the rest of the country needs to cease emulating this behavior.
As long as this ambiguity remains in place, speculators are unlikely to cease
  their attacks on euro-zone debt markets.
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