Definition of cease in English:



  • Come or bring to an end.

    no object ‘the hostilities ceased and normal life was resumed’
    with infinitive ‘on his retirement the job will cease to exist’
    with object ‘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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    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’.