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[dis-kuh n-tin-yoo] /ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu/
verb (used with object), discontinued, discontinuing.
to put an end to; stop; terminate:
to discontinue nuclear testing.
to cease to take, use, subscribe to, etc.:
to discontinue a newspaper.
Law. to terminate or abandon (a suit, claim, or the like).
verb (used without object), discontinued, discontinuing.
to come to an end or stop; cease; desist.
Origin of discontinue
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French discontinuer < Medieval Latin discontinuāre. See dis-1, continue
Related forms
discontinuer, noun
undiscontinued, adjective
1. See interrupt.
1. resume. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for discontinue
  • The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes.
  • Some began combing their inventories for brands they could discontinue.
  • It somewhat depends on whether these attacks will discontinue or if other things happen.
  • They should probably discontinue all aerobic exercise in favor of high resistance work.
  • When they are not, you discontinue that approach and try something new.
  • Why the repeated failure of their jocular invective hasn't led them to discontinue it might be something they should consider.
  • Squeezed by slim margins, a firm may simply discontinue a drug.
  • Companies will not discontinue a situation that is both legal and profitable.
  • It would also be easier to discontinue an unprofitable line this way as well.
  • In addition, people will usually regain the weight when they discontinue the medication.
British Dictionary definitions for discontinue


verb -ues, -uing, -ued
to come or bring to an end; interrupt or be interrupted; stop
(transitive) (law) to terminate or abandon (an action, suit, etc)
Derived Forms
discontinuance, noun
discontinuation, noun
discontinuer, noun
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Word Origin and History for discontinue

late 14c., from Old French discontinuer (14c.), from Medieval Latin discontinuare, from dis- "not" (see dis-) + Latin continuare "to continue" (see continue). Related: Discontinued; discontinuity; discontinuous; discontinuation.

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