Definition of cease in English:


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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • Bring or come to an end.

    ‘the hostilities had ceased and normal life was resumed’
    • ‘on his retirement the job will cease to exist’
    • ‘they were asked to cease all military activity’
    • ‘This behaviour ceases when parents stop hostilities and become more relaxed about the situation.’
    • ‘Now and again we would have watched a funny TV programme together and hostilities would cease.’
    • ‘We could expect that such groups would break up and cease to exist after such a failure.’
    • ‘The doctor has a duty to inform the patient that driving should cease and the patient has a duty to act on that advice.’
    • ‘And, of course, the album as we know it is slowly ceasing to exist.’
    • ‘With local body reorganisation a number of these positions have ceased to exist.’
    • ‘Perhaps now that the service has ceased to exist people will begin to realise how valuable it was.’
    • ‘Over the next year, her body simply ceased to function.’
    • ‘The servants quickly disappeared from the room, their laughter immediately ceasing.’
    • ‘While production ceased at the end of World War I, enormous numbers of existing Lewis guns continued to serve.’
    • ‘Hostilities ceased on 27 July 1953, some three years after they began.’
    • ‘The conversation ceased for a moment when the waitress served their appetizers.’
    • ‘Her coughing ceased for a brief moment when she felt a sharp pain on her lower leg.’
    • ‘Afterwards it ceases to matter: handshakes all round and down to the pub.’
    • ‘All activity ceased as soon as Mr Peterson realised that he had been defrauded.’
    • ‘Production will cease at the end of January 2002 and the plant will close shortly afterward.’
    • ‘Fighting ceased on October 2 with the formal capitulation of the Home Army forces.’
    • ‘Although full-scale fighting has ceased, corruption and violence are still rampant.’
    • ‘You can only cease dealing with it if you have dealt with it.’
    • ‘He never ceased to amaze his staff and students with new and exciting ideas.’
    come to an end, come to a halt, come to a stop, end, halt, stop, conclude, terminate, finish, wind up, draw to a close, be over, come to a standstill
    bring to an end, bring to a halt, bring to a stop, end, halt, stop, conclude, terminate, finish, wind up, discontinue, desist from, refrain from, leave off, quit, shut down, suspend, break off, cut short
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/sēs/ /sis/


    never cease to
    • (in hyperbolic use) do something very frequently.

      ‘her exploits never cease to amaze me’
      • ‘‘I never cease to be amazed at the introspection and short-sightedness of the anti-euro lobby,’ he told the Sunday Herald.’
      • ‘‘I never cease to be amazed by the funny twists and turns the road takes when travellers are open to possibilities,’ he writes.’
      • ‘You people will never cease to amaze and amuse me.’
      • ‘Your loving words never cease to amaze and overwhelm me.’
      • ‘I never cease to be amazed at how shameless politicians can be when trying to score political points with their constituents.’
      • ‘The world and the people in it never cease to amaze me.’
      • ‘The efforts of these volunteers never cease to amaze me.’
      • ‘I never cease to be amazed at just how lovely the VSO people are.’
      • ‘People returning from holidays abroad never cease to be amazed at the prices that greet them on their return.’
      • ‘The miracles of modern science never cease to amaze me.’
    without cease
    • Without stopping.

      ‘the bells rang without cease’
      • ‘They ended a civil war which had raged almost without cease since before independence from Portugal in 1975.’
      • ‘God must love me awfully for he chasteneth me without cease.’
      • ‘They will have to be watched very closely and without cease.’
      • ‘So as not to feel Time's horrible burden which breaks your shoulders and bows you down, you must get drunk without cease.’
      • ‘She has a very quiet voice, and it was only due to the extreme stillness of the night combined with the fact that she was mewing without cease that I heard her at all.’
      • ‘Stratigraphy reveals that throughout the Phanerozoic there has been an unceasing movement of the strand line of the sea: transgression has followed regression without cease.’
      • ‘Even though he likely regrets the letter, it was probably written with at least some truth, and he will wonder without cease if you don't tell him something!’
      • ‘During this period fire and water had a war; fires rushed throughout the land without cease and oceans rose and flooded everything else.’
      • ‘In his Political Testament he advocated negotiations ‘everywhere without cease, openly and secretly’.’
      • ‘It becomes tempting to skim over them, appearing as they do one after another without cease.’


Middle English from Old French cesser, from Latin cessare ‘stop’, from cedere ‘to yield’.