- to put an end to; stop; terminate: to discontinue nuclear testing.
- to cease to take, use, subscribe to, etc.: to discontinue a newspaper.
- Law. to terminate or abandon (a suit, claim, or the like).
- to come to an end or stop; cease; desist.
Origin of discontinue
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1. See interrupt.
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Examples from the Web for discontinue
We are therefore choosing to discontinue it after seven years.Why We’re Not Ranking Rabbis
Gary Ginsberg, Michael Lynton, Abigail Pogrebin
February 26, 2014
“At a certain point in my career as an artist, I made a necessary decision to discontinue suffering fools,” he scoffs.‘The Spoils of Babylon’: IFC’s Cheeky Miniseries Starring Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and More
January 9, 2014
Sponsor reserves the right to discontinue the use of the Video Entry without notice to Entrant.OFFICIAL RULES OF THE IMAX® Award Contest—Deadline Extended
October 8, 2012
The King of Spain did not discontinue sleeping with her until the 9th.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
These scoffers propose to discontinue the habit of swearing.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
In fact, one thing is clear to me, she must discontinue your acquaintanceship at once.The Pigeon (Third Series Plays)
By-and-by she began to discontinue these visits to the schoolroom.David Elginbrod
Well, then, I shall ask you to allow me to discontinue this devotion after to-night.My New Curate
- to come or bring to an end; interrupt or be interrupted; stop
- (tr) law to terminate or abandon (an action, suit, etc)
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Word Origin and History for discontinue
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