- 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 ceasing
Canadians are ceasing to mentally insert the word “junior” whenever they hear an American pronounce the word “partner.”The Fracking Truth About Canada's Successful Energy Policy
August 25, 2012
The answer: Continuation down a suicidal path which ends with Israel ceasing to be a democracy and a Jewish state.The Siren Call of Israeli Unilateralism
June 18, 2012
In the process they are ceasing to be safe Republican strongholds.Europe, Be Careful What You Ask For
November 2, 2008
The storm, far from ceasing, seemed to have grown yet stronger.Master and Man
The wake became livelier, though not ceasing to preserve appearances.L'Assommoir
Clotilde, herself, ceasing to smile, seemed to listen to him with deference.Doctor Pascal
He came to his senses, and ceasing suddenly, wondered greatly at himself.Lord Jim
And so ceasing to speak I watched her stepping out by my side.Under Western Eyes
- (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 ceasing
"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.