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[sees] /sis/
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.
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
Related forms
unceased, adjective
2. terminate, end, culminate.
1, 2. begin. Unabridged
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Examples for ceasing
  • Make the case that a never-ceasing dyad of enmity helps no one.
  • However, ceasing to look for signs of illnesses is not the way to stop the overuse of any kinds of medications.
  • One way that evolution can begin is subdivision with migration ceasing among populations.
  • Pain is lessened by ceasing to identify with the part of life in which the pain occurs.
  • If those were your reasons for ceasing to worry, think again.
  • What is required is in some ways simple to describe: it amounts to ceasing our current behavior and doing exactly the opposite.
  • The family is ceasing to be necessary either to its members or to the nation as a whole.
  • For several months the work of securing the money with which to pay for the farm went on without ceasing.
  • No case is on record of a variable organism ceasing to vary under cultivation.
  • She literally wore herself out in her never ceasing efforts in behalf of the work that she so dearly loved.
British Dictionary definitions for ceasing


when tr, may take a gerund or an infinitive as object. to bring or come to an end; desist from; stop
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 ceasing
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 and Phrases with ceasing
In addition to the idiom beginning with cease also see: wonders will never cease
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