- 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.
- to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling.
- cessation: The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.
Origin of cease
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Examples from the Web for cease
Slowly, slowly, dance classes may cease to be such secret and guilty pleasures in Iran.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread
January 2, 2015
While there are a couple of antibiotics that usually work, if they are overused they, too, may cease to be effective.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis
December 19, 2014
The liberated soul does not cease to act, to think, to create, to instigate revolutionary flows.On Torture, Chuck Johnson & Sondheim
December 13, 2014
If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone
December 11, 2014
The facts do not cease to matter merely because a white cop killed a black boy.Dear White People: Well-Meaning Paternalism Is Still Racist
December 9, 2014
You've come to torment us before the time; do cease this noise!Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease.
Then they will cease, and wives and mothers will come here to weep.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
Once you have opened your ears, "the Red Gods" will not cease to "call for you."A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
He saw them cease talking and begin searching among the woods.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
- (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 and History for cease
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.
"cessation, stopping," c.1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse "cease, cessation," from cesser.