[ dis-kuhn-tin-yoo ]
/ ˌdɪs kənˈtɪn yu /

verb (used with object), dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing.

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).

verb (used without object), dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing.

to come to an end or stop; cease; desist.

Origin of discontinue

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French discontinuer < Medieval Latin discontinuāre. See dis-1, continue

Related forms

dis·con·tin·u·er, nounun·dis·con·tin·ued, adjective
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/ (ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuː) /

verb -ues, -uing or -ued

to come or bring to an end; interrupt or be interrupted; stop
(tr) law to terminate or abandon (an action, suit, etc)

Derived Forms

discontinuance, noundiscontinuation, noundiscontinuer, noun
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