verb (used without object), ceased, ceas·ing.
verb (used with object), ceased, ceas·ing.
Origin of cease
Synonyms for cease
Antonyms for cease
Related Words for ceasingquit, halt, discontinue, terminate, refrain, desist, fail, finish, end, die, drop, culminate, stay, surcease, close, intermit
Examples from the Web for ceasing
Contemporary Examples of ceasing
Canadians are ceasing to mentally insert the word “junior” whenever they hear an American pronounce the word “partner.”The Fracking Truth About Canada's Successful Energy Policy
August 25, 2012
The answer: Continuation down a suicidal path which ends with Israel ceasing to be a democracy and a Jewish state.The Siren Call of Israeli Unilateralism
June 18, 2012
In the process they are ceasing to be safe Republican strongholds.Europe, Be Careful What You Ask For
November 2, 2008
Historical Examples of ceasing
The storm, far from ceasing, seemed to have grown yet stronger.Master and Man
The wake became livelier, though not ceasing to preserve appearances.L'Assommoir
Clotilde, herself, ceasing to smile, seemed to listen to him with deference.Doctor Pascal
He came to his senses, and ceasing suddenly, wondered greatly at himself.Lord Jim
And so ceasing to speak I watched her stepping out by my side.Under Western Eyes
Word Origin for cease
"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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with cease
- cease and desist
- wonders will never cease