See also: Cease

English

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Etymology

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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

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  • IPA(key): /siːs/
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  • Rhymes: -iːs

Verb

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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

Derived terms

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Translations

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Noun

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cease

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

Anagrams

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Galician

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Verb

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cease

  1. first/third-person singular imperfect subjunctive of cear