Meaning of CEASE in English

CEASE

/sees/ , v. , ceased, ceasing , n.

v.i.

1. to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.

2. to come to an end: At last the war has ceased.

3. Obs. to pass away; die out.

v.t.

4. to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling.

n.

5. cessation: The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.

[ 1250-1300; ME ces ( s ) en cesser cessare to leave off, equiv. to cess ( us ) (ptp. of cedere to withdraw, go; ced- go + -tus ptp. suffix) + -a- thematic vowel + -re inf. ending; see CEDE ]

Syn. 2. terminate, end, culminate.

Ant. 1, 2. begin.

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