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verb (used without object),ceased, ceas·ing.
  1. to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.

  2. to come to an end: At last the war has ceased.

  1. Obsolete. to pass away; die out.

verb (used with object),ceased, ceas·ing.
  1. to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling.

  1. cessation: The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.

Idioms about cease

  1. never cease to amaze. See entry at never cease to amaze.

Origin of cease

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English ces(s)en, from Old French cesser, from Latin cessāre “to leave off,” equivalent to cess(us) (past participle of cēdere “to withdraw, go”; see cede

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How to use cease in a sentence

  • The bear watched him narrowly with its wicked little eyes, though it did not see fit to cease its paw-licking.

    The Giant of the North | R.M. Ballantyne
  • As soon as he had seen his mother, he would set off again, and never cease searching till he had found either Ramona or her grave.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • It was a life full of freedom, and I shall never cease to be grateful for it, but I must go home soon and look after my affairs.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • He made him like the saints in glory, and magnified him in the fear of his enemies, and with his words he made prodigies to cease.

  • Industrial society, they say, must be reorganized from top to bottom; private industry must cease.

British Dictionary definitions for cease


/ (siːs) /

  1. (when tr, may take a gerund or an infinitive as object) to bring or come to an end; desist from; stop

  1. without cease without stopping; incessantly

Origin of cease

C14: from Old French cesser, from Latin cessāre, frequentative of cēdere to yield, cede

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Other Idioms and Phrases with cease


In addition to the idiom beginning with cease

  • cease and desist

also see:

  • wonders will never cease

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