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cease

[sees] /sis/
verb (used without object), ceased, ceasing.
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, ceasing.
4.
to put a stop or end to; discontinue:
He begged them to cease their quarreling.
noun
5.
cessation:
The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.
Origin of cease
1250-1300
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 forms
unceased, adjective
Synonyms
2. terminate, end, culminate.
Antonyms
1, 2. begin.
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  • She knew the butler's life history two days after she had ceased to be afraid of him.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Robert's suspicions were lulled to sleep, and he ceased to be as vigilant and watchful as he had been.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • There, for the first time in history, man had ceased to be a roving animal.

    Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
  • After this Gilling must soon have ceased to be of any account.

  • After about twenty minutes, he ceased, saying, "We will now sing a hymn."

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for ceased

cease

/siːs/
verb
1.
when tr, may take a gerund or an infinitive as object. to bring or come to an end; desist from; stop
noun
2.
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 ceased

cease

n.

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

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with ceased

cease

In addition to the idiom beginning with cease also see: wonders will never cease
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