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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Example sentences
It never ceases to amaze me how academia manages to have such vicious
  mudslinging and destructive politics.
We are no longer in a world where communication ceases.
If it ceases to be a business, it ceases to be a going concern.
Without that, our higher education system ceases to exist in its current form.
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