Cease - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |siːs|  American pronunciation of the word cease
Brit.  |siːs|  British pronunciation of the word cease


- (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end


- put an end to a state or an activity (syn: discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop)
- have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical (syn: end, finish, stop, terminate)


The fighting along the border has temporarily ceased.

The factory ceased operations last year.

The child would not cease his constant whining.

...worked without cease for the betterment of humanity...

Gradually the rain ceased.

The rain ceased.

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).

The rain ceased and the sky cleared.

The company ceased production at their Norwich plant last year.

The organization may soon cease to exist if more funding isn't provided.

She commanded that work on the bridge cease immediately.

He foresees a day when all war will cease.

The court ordered the company to cease operations forthwith.

...the landlord notified us of the need to cease occupancy in three months, when our apartment building would be sold...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: cease
he/she/it: ceases
present participle: ceasing
past tense: ceased
past participle: ceased
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