verb (used without object), ceased, ceas·ing.
verb (used with object), ceased, ceas·ing.
Origin of cease
Synonyms for cease
Antonyms for cease
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