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cease

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verb (used without object), ceased, ceas·ing.
  1. to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
  2. to come to an end: At last the war has ceased.
  3. Obsolete. to pass away; die out.
verb (used with object), ceased, ceas·ing.
  1. to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling.
noun
  1. cessation: The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.

Origin of 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 formsun·ceased, adjective

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2. terminate, end, culminate.

Antonyms

1, 2. begin.
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British Dictionary definitions for cease

cease

verb
  1. (when tr, may take a gerund or an infinitive as object) to bring or come to an end; desist from; stop
noun
  1. 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 cease

v.

c.1300, cesen, from Old French cesser "to come to an end, stop, cease; give up, desist," from Latin cessare "to cease, go slow, give over, leave off, be idle," frequentative of cedere (past participle cessus) "go away, withdraw, yield" (see cede). Related: Ceased; ceasing. Old English in this sense had geswican, blinnan.

n.

"cessation, stopping," c.1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse "cease, cessation," from cesser.

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