Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To put an end to; discontinue: synonym: stop.
  • intransitive verb To come to an end; stop.
  • intransitive verb To stop performing an activity or action; desist.
  • noun Cessation; ceasing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Cessation; extinction; failure.

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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb formal, intransitive To stop.
  • verb formal, transitive To stop doing (something), blin.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English cesen, from Old French cesser, from Latin cessāre, to stop, frequentative of cēdere, to yield; see ked- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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").

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