from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To stop doing or providing (something); end or abandon: synonym: stop.
  • intransitive verb To cease making or manufacturing.
  • intransitive verb To cease subscribing to (a publication).
  • intransitive verb To agree to dismiss (an action).
  • intransitive verb To fail to proceed in (an action).
  • intransitive verb To come to an end.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To lose continuity or cohesion of parts; to be disrupted or broken off.
  • intransitive verb To be separated or severed; to part.
  • transitive verb 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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

[Middle English discontinuen, from Old French descontinuer, from Medieval Latin discontinuāre : Latin dis-, dis- + Latin continuāre, to continue; see continue.]


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