- 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 ceased
Many of those who have become cops in New York seem to have ceased to address such minor offenses over the past few days.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
It is entirely possible for some of these mechanisms to be functioning while others have ceased.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
When one major operation, dubbed Arrowhead Ripper, concluded in mid-August, most insurgent activity in the area had ceased.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
Not all revolutionary civil activity has ceased inside Syria.Goodbye to the Last of Syria’s Good Guys
October 2, 2014
Fast forward two centuries, and all these checks have long since ceased to function.Who Gets to Decide When We Go to War?
September 21, 2014
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
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.Yorkshire Painted And Described
After about twenty minutes, he ceased, saying, "We will now sing a hymn."Weighed and Wanting
- (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 ceased
"cessation, stopping," c.1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse "cease, cessation," from cesser.
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.