Cease

  • 1 cease — I verb abate, abrogate, abstain from, adjourn, annul, arrest, be all over, be at an end, be silent, become void, bring to an end, cancel, cause to halt, check, close, come to a close, come to a standstill, come to an end, conclude, consummate,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 cease — cease; cease·less; de·cease; sur·cease; cease·less·ly; cease·less·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 3 Cease — (s[=e]s), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ceased} (s[=e]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Ceasing}.] [OE. cessen, cesen, F. cesser, fr. L. cessare, v. intensive fr. cedere to withdraw. See {Cede}, and cf. {Cessation}.] 1. To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 Cease — Cease, v. t. To put a stop to; to bring to an end. [1913 Webster] But he, her fears to cease Sent down the meek eyed peace. Milton. [1913 Webster] Cease, then, this impious rage. Milton [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 cease — [ sis ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive FORMAL to stop happening or continuing: Conversation ceased when she entered the room. The rain had almost ceased by the time we left. cease to exist: If we don t get more money, our community theater will cease… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 6 cease — This 14c loanword from French is slowly yielding to stop (as cast has to throw) except in a few set phrases (notably ceasefire and without cease) and where ‘we substitute it for stop when we want our language to be dignified’ (Fowler, 1926).… …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 cease — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. cesser to come to an end, stop, cease; give up, desist, from L. cessare to cease, go slow, give over, leave off, be idle, frequentative of cedere go away, withdraw, yield (see CEDE (Cf. cede)). Replaced O.E. geswican and… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 cease — ► VERB ▪ come or bring to an end; stop. ● without cease Cf. ↑without cease ORIGIN Latin cessare, from cedere to yield …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Cease — Cease, n. Extinction. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 cease — [sēs] vt., vi. ceased, ceasing [ME cesen < OFr cesser < L cessare, to loiter, be idle < pp. of cedere, yield: see CEDE] to bring or come to an end; stop; discontinue n. [ME & OFr ces < v.] a ceasing, as of some activity: chiefly in… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 cease — *stop, quit, discontinue, desist Analogous words: end, terminate, *close, conclude, finish: stay, suspend, intermit (see DEFER) Contrasted words: *spring, arise, rise, originate: *begin, commence, start, initiate, inaugurate: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 12 cease — [v] stop, conclude back off, break off, bring to an end, call it a day*, call it quits*, close, close out, come to an end, culminate, cut it out*, desist, die, discontinue, drop, end, fail, finish, give over, halt, intermit, knock off*, leave off …

    New thesaurus

  • 13 cease — cease1 W3 [si:s] v [I and T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: cesser, from Latin cessare to delay , from cedere; CEDE] 1.) formal to stop doing something or stop happening cease to do sth ▪ He ceased to be a member of the association. ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 cease — 1 verb (I, T) formal to stop doing something or stop happening: cease (doing) sth: The company ceased trading at 6 pm today. | It rained all day without ceasing. | cease sth: The committee decided to cease financial support. | cease to do sth:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 cease */*/ — UK [siːs] / US [sɪs] verb Word forms cease : present tense I/you/we/they cease he/she/it ceases present participle ceasing past tense ceased past participle ceased 1) [intransitive] formal to stop happening or continuing Conversation ceased when… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 cease — 01. The rain finally [ceased] falling just after midnight. 02. It never [ceases] to amaze me how little Ted does at work, yet no one seems to notice. 03. Someone once said that a friend is one who believes in you when you [cease] to believe in… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 17 cease — [c]/sis / (say sees) verb (ceased, ceasing) –verb (i) 1. to stop (moving, speaking, etc.): he ceased crying. 2. to come to an end: I ll continue as soon as that noise ceases. 3. Obsolete to die. –verb (t) 4. to put a stop or end to; discontinue:… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 cease — I. verb (ceased; ceasing) Etymology: Middle English cesen, from Anglo French cesser, from Latin cessare to hold back, be remiss, frequentative of cedere Date: 14th century transitive verb to cause to come to an end especially gradually ; no… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 19 cease — verb ADVERB ▪ altogether, completely, entirely ▪ The noise faded, then ceased altogether. ▪ all but, almost, virtually ▪ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 20 cease — Synonyms and related words: abandon, abdicate, abjure, abort, acknowledge defeat, ad infinitum, be consumed, be done for, be gone, be no more, belay, calm, calm down, cancel, cease to be, cease to exist, ceaselessly, cede, cessation, close, come… …

    Moby Thesaurus