See also: Cease

English Edit

Etymology Edit

From Middle English cesen, cessen, from Middle French cesser (to cease), from Latin cessō (leave off), frequentative of cēdō (to leave off, go away).

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /siːs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -iːs

Verb Edit

cease (third-person singular simple present ceases, present participle ceasing, simple past and past participle ceased)

  1. (formal, intransitive) To stop.
    Synonyms: discontinue, hold, terminate; see also Thesaurus:end, Thesaurus:stop
    And with that, his twitching ceased.
  2. (formal, transitive) To stop doing (something).
    Synonyms: arrest, discontinue; see also Thesaurus:desist
    And with that, he ceased twitching.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To be wanting; to fail; to pass away, perish.
    Synonyms: desert, lack

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Noun Edit


  1. (obsolete) Cessation; extinction (see without cease).

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