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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.
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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  • However, if for any reason payments were discontinued, the bodies were removed from their tombs to free up more space.
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  • My efforts must soon be crowned with success, or discontinued.
  • Even ordinary household work, including cooking, is discontinued.
  • GM discontinued that one because of a fire risk and looming safety regulations that were too expensive to meet.
  • Athletic scholarships should be discontinued-except for the football and basketball players who desire them.
  • The existing majors were reorganized and in some cases discontinued.
  • He said it improved his focus but he discontinued using it because it made him irritable.
  • Dependence is the development of withdrawal symptoms when the opiate is suddenly discontinued.
  • But it is not a necessary part of a for-profit system, and has been discontinued.
British Dictionary definitions for discontinued


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 discontinued



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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