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[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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  • Only a minority of borrowers abruptly ceased to make payments, as someone choosing to default would.
  • The original photons ceased to exist once the replicas were created.
  • In priest hood and monkery he had ceased to believe.
  • He never ceased to be amused by the celebrity status that the book subsequently gave him.
  • Once disengaged from its engine of incessant progress, they have often ceased to exist.
  • However, the job had long ceased to be challenging or personally fulfilling.
  • The practices of warfare and fratricide have ceased.
  • Normal speech syntax returned as word transpositions ceased.
  • Too many regions and communities have ceased to worry about polio.
  • But your worry that the reform agenda has ceased is misleading.
British Dictionary definitions for ceased

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 ceased

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 ceased

cease

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