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.
verb (used with object),ceased,ceas·ing.
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
1250–1300;Middle Englishces(s)en < Old Frenchcesser < Latincessāre to leave off, equivalent to cess(us) (past participle of cēdere to withdraw, go; ced- go + -tus past participle suffix) + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive ending; see cede
"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.