Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon: discontinued her visits to the museum; discontinued ferry service to the island.
  • transitive v. To cease making or manufacturing: discontinued the sportscar in the 1960s.
  • transitive v. To cease subscribing to (a publication).
  • transitive v. Law To terminate (an action) by discontinuance.
  • intransitive v. To come to an end. See Synonyms at stop.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To stop a process; especially as regards commercial productions; to stop producing, making, or supplying something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To lose continuity or cohesion of parts; to be disrupted or broken off.
  • intransitive v. To be separated or severed; to part.
  • transitive v. To interrupt the continuance of; to intermit, as a practice or habit; to put an end to; to cause to cease; to cease using, to stop; to leave off.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cease from; cause to cease; put an end to; break off; stop: as, to discontinue a habit or practice; to discontinue a suit at law, or a claim or right; their partnership has been discontinued.
  • To interrupt; break the continuity of; intermit.
  • To cease to take or receive; abandon; cease to use: as, to discontinue a daily paper.
  • To cease; come to a stop or end: as, the uproar discontinued at that moment; the fever has discontinued.
  • To be severed or separated.
  • To lose cohesion of parts; suffer disruption or separation of substance.

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

  • v. come to or be at an end
  • v. put an end to a state or an activity
  • v. prevent completion

Etymologies

Middle English discontinuen, from Old French descontinuer, from Medieval Latin discontinuāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin continuāre, to continue; see continue.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • To d0scontinu3 subscriptign reply woth only the word 'discontinue' as the subject to:

    Mailbag Monday: Edition "Spammy goodness frying in my head."

  • We had to kind of discontinue the interview a little bit until they could get their footing.

    CNN Transcript Jun 12, 2008

  • Microsoft has announced it will "discontinue" Xbox Live for the original Xbox and its games on April 15, including Xbox Originals and Xbox games playa ...

    *Shacknews* Games

  • Microsoft has announced it will "discontinue" Xbox Live for the original Xbox and its games on April ...

    *Shacknews* Games

  • Democratic Senator Evan Bayh, speaking alongside Coburn, said the U.S. has 'got to make them pay a price for this kind of activity that is larger than the ransoms they're extracting,' so the pirates will be forced to 'discontinue' their activities.

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  • Also, MTA will reinstate service reductions, such as discontinue under-utilized subway routes and eliminate low-performing weekend express bus service which will result in cost savings valued at $62 million in 2010 and $129 million each year thereafter.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

  • Thomas Foster Jr., the son of a wealthy Mississippi planter, was given an ultimatum by his family to either discontinue his love affair with a slave woman or exile himself from his home and Southern society.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In two places at once but only doing the one thing, or else fall behind the building's faces which discontinue trying to appear at all textured and sane about it but still whisper the brick and mortar details in both ears at once, twice.

    After Tom Phillips

  • Earlier this month, as part of an effort to reduce the risk of overdoses, Tylenol maker Johnson & Johnson , along with acetaminophen makers Perrigo Co. and Novartis AG, decided voluntarily to discontinue a more-concentrated formula used in infant-drop products, and instead use the same liquid concentration of acetaminophen for both infants' and children's products.

    Panel Calls for Label Changes on Acetaminophen Products

  • Bellagio has since replaced its $25,000 chips and announced plans to discontinue in April those designed like the ones stolen, setting a deadline for the thief to try to use them.

    Anthony Carleo Arrested For $1.5 Million Bellagio Casino Heist

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