- 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 ceases
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
Thus the Bible ceases to be an ancient text, and therefore ceases to really say anything other than what we want it to say.I’m a Christian, and Ken Ham Doesn’t Speak for Me
February 5, 2014
If the government hits the debt ceiling and ceases to pay its obligations, a lot of vendors are in for a nasty shock.Who Doesn't Get Paid if We Cross the Debt Ceiling?
January 14, 2013
Or as William Hazlitt put it, “When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.”What Makes a Bestseller?
James W. Hall
March 27, 2012
DeWeese has wanted BP to pay a cash bond to ensure the company remediates the site and the bayou once it ceases operations.Cautious Optimism In the Gulf
July 16, 2010
It ceases to be heard as a symbol, and appears only as a sign.A Dish Of Orts
Who is most to blame, he who ceases to love, or she who ceases to please?
What will become of Olivia when she ceases to love and be loved?
Without love woman abjures her nature and ceases to be normal.The Sexual Question
Virtue, once bragged about, once you pride yourself upon it, ceases to be such.The Book of Khalid
- (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 ceases
"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.