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.

Nearby words

  1. discontent,
  2. discontented,
  3. discontinuance,
  4. discontinuation,
  5. discontinuation test,
  6. discontinuity,
  7. discontinuous,
  8. discontinuous variation,
  9. discopathy,
  10. discophile

Origin of discontinue

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

Related formsdis·con·tin·u·er, nounun·dis·con·tin·ued, adjective

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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 Formsdiscontinuance, noundiscontinuation, noundiscontinuer, noun

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Word Origin and History for discontinue



late 14c., from Old French discontinuer (14c.), from Medieval Latin discontinuare, from dis- "not" (see dis-) + Latin continuare "to continue" (see continue). Related: Discontinued; discontinuity; discontinuous; discontinuation.

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