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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To put an end to; discontinue: The factory ceased production. See Synonyms at stop.
  • intransitive v. To come to an end; stop: a process that never ceases.
  • intransitive v. To stop performing an activity or action; desist: "fold our wings,/And cease from wanderings” ( Tennyson).
  • n. Cessation; pause: We worked without cease to get the project finished on time.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stop.
  • v. To stop doing (something), blin.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Extinction.
  • intransitive v. To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to desist.
  • intransitive v. To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.
  • transitive v. To put a stop to; to bring to an end.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To stop moving, acting, or speaking; leave off; give over; desist; come to rest: followed by from before a noun: as, cease from anger, labor, strife.
  • To come to an end; terminate; become extinct; pass away: as, the wonder ceases; the storm has ceased.
  • To put a stop to; put an end to; bring to an end: as, cease your clamor; he ceased debate.
  • n. Cessation; extinction; failure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end
  • v. put an end to a state or an activity
  • v. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

Etymologies

Middle English cesen, from Old French cesser, from Latin cessāre, to stop, frequentative of cēdere, to yield; see ked- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
from Middle English cesen, cessen, from Middle French cesser ("to cease, blin"), from Latin cessō ("leave off"), frequentative of cēdō ("to leave off, go away"). (Wiktionary)

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