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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
cease to exist (=stop existing)
▪ Many of these companies will cease to exist in five years' time.
cease trading (=stop being a business because you are bankrupt)
ceased to function
▪ Her legs have now ceased to function.
never ceased to amaze
▪ It never ceased to amaze him that women were attracted to Sam.
▪ It ceased abruptly and her gaze left his to wander down his body, stopping only to rest upon his nakedness.
▪ The alimony Betty Parsons lived on abruptly ceased, and she was forced to leave Paris.
▪ Yeremi's stream of plasma ceased abruptly as his hand cramped within that fervid womb.
▪ Some may have been in hiding, traumatized by the squealing that had filled the afternoon air and then quite abruptly ceased.
▪ As the Old Bailey Chronicle reported, Smith experienced excessive pain when first turned off, but that ceased almost immediately.
▪ Required to spend more time with Matilda, Agnes finds that her encounters with the curate dwindle and almost cease altogether.
▪ It had almost ceased to matter that she was in Paris, and not in love.
▪ Electorally, Labour has almost ceased to exist in those counties.
▪ One wet day, though, in 1985 Bellerby Feast had almost ceased to exist.
▪ Had Woodhead gone in 1997, he would have long ceased to be a serious nuisance.
▪ I have no problems with this evidence, but it never ceases to amaze me what some modern theologians do with it.
▪ It never ceased to amaze me to watch soldiers head right for these places.
▪ It never ceased to amaze me how he could do it.
▪ His daughter's beauty had never ceased to surprise the chief inspector.
▪ Frye never ceased to be amazed by how little they knew, how unfamiliar they were with the basic routines of school.
▪ Millie thought that they would never cease praying.
▪ These towers of loops never cease to amuse us because inevitably the messages circulating along them cross their own paths.
▪ Once formed, rings soon cease to exchange with the biosphere.
▪ This is not like the Tao, and that which is not Tao-like will soon cease.
▪ He soon ceased trying new ideas, already outstripped by others far more inventive than he.
▪ If that prospect goes, the port operation would probably cease.
▪ Unemployment insurance operations have ceased in Kansas, and may soon halt in 10 other states and the District of Columbia.
▪ Immediately after fertilising operations have ceased, banking-up is performed by ploughing an angled blade between each row of vines.
▪ It was investigated in 1989 for violations of environmental laws, and production ceased later that year.
▪ Voice over At the end of the week, production will finally cease in the Rover north works.
wonders will never cease
▪ All conversation ceased as the two police officers entered.
▪ By noon the rain had ceased.
▪ Hostilities between the two countries have now ceased.
▪ Many of these firms have now ceased to exist.
▪ Presently, the rain ceased and the sun came out.
▪ The factory has now ceased production and will close next month.
▪ The mill ceased operating commercially two years ago.
▪ The newspaper has been forced to cease publication.
▪ The sound of gunfire gradually receded and then ceased altogether.
▪ Andy Davis, with a strong departmental power base in marketing, had ceased to argue so strongly for diversification.
▪ For those above them -- households with over $ 62, 000 -- the payroll tax ceases to grow.
▪ Indeed the psychiatric hospitals themselves may, in many areas, cease to exist.
▪ That step is to cease attacking Dubrovnik and to withdraw from it.
▪ The arrangement ended on 1 January when the Soviet Union ceased trading with its former allies on a convertible rouble basis.
▪ The world had ceased to exist.
▪ There was nothing to do except wait for the gale to cease while we let Hsu Fu drift with the wind.
▪ We cease trying vainly to understand the secrets of the Universe as we have hitherto tried to do.
▪ Aircraft landed and took off without cease, so that seldom less than a dozen were airborne at one time.
▪ As long as you lack something, you yearn for it without cease.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cease \Cease\, n. Extinction. [Obs.]


Cease \Cease\, v. t. To put a stop to; to bring to an end.

But he, her fears to cease Sent down the meek-eyed peace.

Cease, then, this impious rage.


Cease \Cease\ (s[=e]s), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ceased (s[=e]st); p. pr. & vb. n. Ceasing.] [OE. cessen, cesen, F. cesser, fr. L. cessare, v. intensive fr. cedere to withdraw. See Cede, and cf. Cessation.]

  1. To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to desist; as, the noise ceased. ``To cease from strife.''
    --Prov. xx. 3.

  2. To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.

    The poor shall never cease out of the land.
    --Deut. xv. 11.

    Syn: To intermit; desist; stop; abstain; quit; discontinue; refrain; leave off; pause; end.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, cesen, from Old French cesser "to come to an end, stop, cease; give up, desist," from Latin cessare "to cease, go slow, give over, leave off, be idle," frequentative of cedere (past participle cessus) "go away, withdraw, yield" (see cede). Related: Ceased; ceasing. Old English in this sense had geswican, blinnan.


"cessation, stopping," c.1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse "cease, cessation," from cesser.


vb. 1 (context formal intransitive English) To stop. 2 (context formal transitive English) To stop doing (something). 3 (context obsolete English) To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.

  1. n. (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end

  2. v. put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" [syn: discontinue, stop, give up, quit, lay off] [ant: continue]

  3. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo" [syn: end, stop, finish, terminate] [ant: begin]

Cease (surname)

Cease is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Daniel L. Cease (died 1928), American magazine editor
  • Dylan Cease (born 1995), American baseball player
  • Jeff Cease (born 1967), American musician
  • Kyle Cease (born 1977), American actor
  • Lil' Cease (born 1978), American rapper

Cease may refer to:

  • CEASE, a nonprofit organization
  • Cease (surname), a surname

Usage examples of "cease".

The baying was very faint now, and it ceased altogether as I approached the ancient grave I had once violated, and frightened away an abnormally large horde of bats which had been hovering curiously around it.

So there they abode a space looking down on the square and its throng, and the bells, which had been ringing when they came up, now ceased a while.

Idea to hearth and home, it would become a new thing, for it would cease to be the thing apart, the ground of all else, the receptacle of absolutely any and every form.

The advocate of equal rights is preoccupied by these opportunities for the abusive exercise of power, because from his point of view rights exercised in the interest of inequality have ceased to be righteous.

Moments later the subdued whistle of the engines faded and Dane could hear the structure of the ship creak around them as acceleration ceased.

I have the knack of putting an end to an intrigue when it has ceased to amuse me, I have no hesitation in accepting your proposal.

Next add a strong solution of sodium acetate, until the solution ceases to darken on further addition, then dilute with water to half a litre.

He provides that there shall be religion everywhere and in it the two essentials for salvation, acknowledgment of God and ceasing from evil because it is contrary to God.

If the minority will not acquiesce, the majority must, or the Government must cease.

Seven or eight days afterwards, Paterno told me that the actress had related the affair to him exactly in the same words which I had used, and she had added that, if I had ceased my visits, it was only because I was afraid of her taking me at my word in case I should renew my proposal.

According to the analogy of all other pulvini, such joints ought to continue circumnutating for a long period, after the adjoining parts have ceased to grow.

The science people had set up their computers under a tarp next to the admin building, and were examining the data crystals of shuttle activity before communications from the planet ceased.

During the sweating stage the patient should be left alone, but as soon as the perspiration ceases, from two to four of the Purgative Pellets should be administered, as a gentle cathartic.

Notwithstanding these precautions, and his own example, the succession of consuls finally ceased in the thirteenth year of Justinian, whose despotic temper might be gratified by the silent extinction of a title which admonished the Romans of their ancient freedom.

I never thought of revenge, for my heart, which can never cease to adore you, could never conceive such a dreadful idea.