[ dis-kuhn-tin-yoo ]
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verb (used with object),dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing.
  1. to put an end to; stop; terminate: to discontinue nuclear testing.

  2. to cease to take, use, subscribe to, etc.: to discontinue a newspaper.

  1. Law. to terminate or abandon (a suit, claim, or the like).

verb (used without object),dis·con·tin·ued, dis·con·tin·u·ing.
  1. to come to an end or stop; cease; desist.

Origin of discontinue

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

synonym study For discontinue

1. See interrupt.

Opposites for discontinue

Other words from discontinue

  • dis·con·tin·u·er, noun
  • un·dis·con·tin·ued, adjective

Words Nearby discontinue

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How to use discontinue in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for discontinue


/ (ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuː) /

verb-ues, -uing or -ued
  1. to come or bring to an end; interrupt or be interrupted; stop

  2. (tr) law to terminate or abandon (an action, suit, etc)

Derived forms of discontinue

  • discontinuance, noun
  • discontinuation, noun
  • discontinuer, noun

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