verb (used without object), ceased, ceas·ing.
verb (used with object), ceased, ceas·ing.
- cease and desist,
- cease-and-desist order,
Origin of cease
Examples from the Web for cease
Slowly, slowly, dance classes may cease to be such secret and guilty pleasures in Iran.Iran’s Becoming a Footloose Nation as Dance Lessons Spread|IranWire|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
While there are a couple of antibiotics that usually work, if they are overused they, too, may cease to be effective.Without Education, Antibiotic Resistance Will Be Our Greatest Health Crisis|Russell Saunders|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The liberated soul does not cease to act, to think, to create, to instigate revolutionary flows.
If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.After Torture Report, Our Moral Authority As a Nation Is Gone|Nick Gillespie|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The decision to cease operations at the multi-site church is the culmination of a tumultuous year.Megachurch Mars Hill To close Doors: What Does the Future Hold Now?|Warren Throckmorton|November 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I cannot cease to love my own wife because—because she's not always exactly the same.The Invader|Margaret L. Woods
The noise did not cease till late in the day, and even then the poor little thing dared not stir.Favorite Fairy Tales|Logan Marshall
The boy and girl love without having learned to know each other; and cease to love when that knowledge comes!
For the first time I dared to cease rowing, and stepping the mast, hoisted my sail.In the Eastern Seas|W.H.G. Kingston
When I cease to love virtue, I shall cease to love you, and I shall no longer ask you to love me.
Word Origin for cease
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.
"cessation, stopping," c.1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse "cease, cessation," from cesser.
In addition to the idiom beginning with cease
- cease and desist
- wonders will never cease