discontinue

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French descontinuer.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪskənˈtɪnju/
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VerbEdit

discontinue (third-person singular simple present discontinues, present participle discontinuing, simple past and past participle discontinued)

  1. (transitive) To interrupt the continuance of; to put an end to, especially as regards commercial productions; to stop producing, making, or supplying.
    They plan to discontinue that design.
    • c. 1596–1598 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iv]:
      I have discontinued school
      Above a twelvemonth.
    • 1603, Samuel Daniel, A Defence of Rime
      Taught the Greek tongue, discontinued before in these parts the space of seven hundred years.
    • 1669, William Holder, Elements of Speech
      They modify and discriminate the voice, without appearing to discontinue it.
    • 1946 January and February, “Notes and News: Demolition of Rhydyfelin Viaduct”, in Railway Magazine, page 52:
      Passenger traffic was subsequently discontinued, and early in the recent war a considerable amount of the permanent way at the Treforest end of the railway was taken up.
    • 2019 July 3, Mike D'Angelo, “Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck blunder through a heavy heist in J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier”, in AV Club[1]:
      Exactly 50 years ago, the U.S. Federal Reserve, which had previously issued bills with values as high as $10,000, made it all about the Benjamins. Every bill more valuable than $100 was officially discontinued. (They’d stopped being printed decades earlier, but many had kept circulating.)
  2. (transitive) To consciously cease the ingestion or administration of (a pharmaceutical drug).

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AdjectiveEdit

discontinue

  1. feminine singular of discontinu

ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

discontinue

  1. feminine plural of discontinuo