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
- 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.
- intransitive v. To lose continuity or cohesion of parts; to be disrupted or broken off.
- intransitive v. To be separated or severed; to part.
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
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)