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cease

[sees] /sis/
verb (used without object), ceased, ceasing.
1.
to stop; discontinue:
Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
2.
to come to an end:
At last the war has ceased.
3.
Obsolete. to pass away; die out.
verb (used with object), ceased, ceasing.
4.
to put a stop or end to; discontinue:
He begged them to cease their quarreling.
noun
5.
cessation:
The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.
Origin
1250-1300
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
Related forms
unceased, adjective
Synonyms
2. terminate, end, culminate.
Antonyms
1, 2. begin.
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  • 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.
  • Now at some point after this it will cease its gravitational pull on the surrounding objects.
  • If you tried to venture into that outside world, you would cease to be.
  • That's why the workers had to cease their efforts and take cover at various periods.
  • Cities that cease to provide choice-or which try to overcontrol their denizens-lose their spark and sometimes perish.
  • With more power the delay factor would cease to be a problem, bang you are fried.
  • So cease and desist or the next voice you will hear will be that of my attorney.
British Dictionary definitions for cease

cease

/siːs/
verb
1.
when tr, may take a gerund or an infinitive as object. to bring or come to an end; desist from; stop
noun
2.
without cease, without stopping; incessantly
Word Origin
C14: from Old French cesser, from Latin cessāre, frequentative of cēdere to yield, cede
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Word Origin and History for cease
v.

c.1300, cesen, from Old French cesser "to come to an end, stop, cease; give up, desist," from Latin cessare "to cease, go slow, give over, leave off, be idle," frequentative of cedere (past participle cessus) "go away, withdraw, yield" (see cede). Related: Ceased; ceasing. Old English in this sense had geswican, blinnan.

n.

"cessation, stopping," c.1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse "cease, cessation," from cesser.

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Idioms and Phrases with cease

cease

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