Meaning of CEASE in English

CEASE

I. cease 1 W3 AC /siːs/ BrE AmE verb [intransitive and transitive]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ cessation , ↑ cease ; verb : ↑ cease ; adverb : ↑ ceaselessly ; adjective : ↑ ceaseless ]

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: cesser , from Latin cessare 'to delay' , from cedere ; ⇨ ↑ cede ]

1 . formal to stop doing something or stop happening

cease to do something

He ceased to be a member of the association.

The things people will do for charity never cease to amaze me (=I am always surprised by them) .

cease doing something

the decision to cease using CFCs in packaging

The rain ceased and the sky cleared.

cease trading/production/operations etc (=stop operating a business)

The company ceased production at their Norwich plant last year.

cease fire! (=used to order soldiers to stop shooting)

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In everyday English, people usually use stop rather than cease :

They have stopped using CFCs in packaging.

The rain stopped just as the fireworks began.

2 . cease and desist law to stop doing something

⇨ ↑ ceasefire , ⇨ wonders will never cease at ↑ wonder 2 (5)

II. cease 2 BrE AmE noun

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ cessation , ↑ cease ; verb : ↑ cease ; adverb : ↑ ceaselessly ; adjective : ↑ ceaseless ]

without cease formal without stopping

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.