- 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 discontinued
Sorties by nuclear-capable bombers had been discontinued in 1992 as the Cold War came to an end, but Putin resumed them in 2007.China Is Financing Putin’s Aggression
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More recently, the carrier-mounted radar has been discontinued and surface combatants will have ARPDD.Tomorrow’s Stealthy Subs Could Sink America’s Navy
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Shortly after Holder's decision on the FBI, Bratton has discontinued a high profile unit in the NYPD's own surveillance program.Was it Justice or Politics that Killled the NYPD Muslim Spy Unit?
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But the product was discontinued in 2006 after consumers lost interest.The 21 Worst Food Ideas Ever
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Bloomberg has said it has discontinued allowing reporters to access subscriber information.Wall Street: How Much Does Bloomberg Know?
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As soon as the action was discontinued, Nelson went on board the admiral's ship.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
If you've discontinued your engagement Betty doesn't know it.The Incomplete Amorist
Of course, it will be for you to say if this correspondence should be discontinued.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
“Those letters, I am afraid, must be discontinued,” Domiloff said.The Traitors
E. Phillips (Edward Phillips) Oppenheim
Within a week the use of the dark gas had had to be discontinued.
- 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 discontinued
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