Meaning of CEASE in English


I. ˈsēs verb

( ceased ; ceas·ing )

Etymology: Middle English cesen, from Anglo-French cesser, from Latin cessare to hold back, be remiss, frequentative of cedere

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

: to cause to come to an end especially gradually : no longer continue

they were forced to cease operations

cease to exist

intransitive verb


a. : to come to an end

the fighting gradually ceased

b. : to bring an activity or action to an end : discontinue

they have been ordered to cease and desist

2. obsolete : to become extinct : die out

Synonyms: see stop

II. noun

Date: 14th century

: cessation — usually used with without

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.