v. ceased, ceas·ing, ceas·es
To put an end to; discontinue: The factory ceased production. See Synonyms at stop.
1. To come to an end; stop: a process that never ceases.
2. To stop performing an activity or action; desist: "fold our wings, / And cease from wanderings" (Tennyson).
Cessation; ceasing: We worked without cease to get the project finished on time.
[Middle English cesen, from Old French cesser, from Latin cessāre, to stop, frequentative of cēdere, to yield; see ked- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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