Definition of discontinue in English:


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transitive verbtransitive verb discontinues, transitive verb discontinuing, transitive verb discontinued

[with object]
  • 1Cease doing or providing (something), typically something provided on a regular basis.

    ‘the ferry service was discontinued by the proprietors’
    • ‘he discontinued his visits’
    • ‘A spokesman, however, said on Monday that the government might have problems finding a legal basis to discontinue the project's budget even if its final decision was to have the project scrapped.’
    • ‘A serviceman cannot change his station at will, nor can he discontinue performance of service duties or abandon his station without leave.’
    • ‘The decision to discontinue participant recruitment after six couples was made on the basis of saturation of relevant themes, with couple six adding only one or two themes to each area of inquiry.’
    • ‘Electric trolley service is again discontinued.’
    • ‘It's 20 years since the original service was discontinued and locals are delighted that the runs are being put back in place.’
    • ‘As many as 12 jobs could be lost if the service is discontinued.’
    • ‘The service was discontinued because it had lost so much clientele to planes, trains and cars.’
    • ‘The director says they are faced with the grim prospect of having to discontinue services to the 600-plus people who sleep on the city's streets.’
    • ‘The company had not indicated any immediate plans to discontinue the service.’
    • ‘If bin collectors can't do their job, it makes sense that we would look at discontinuing our service and passing it on to private operators.’
    • ‘It wasn't very successful, but when she called her customers to tell them she was discontinuing the service, one of them panicked.’
    • ‘It seems essential that the effectiveness of such visits is improved, but if this cannot be achieved consideration should be given to discontinuing these visits.’
    • ‘The reason I discontinued the service was the cost.’
    • ‘Shortly thereafter, the government discontinued these purchases but did not provide the media clear reasons for doing so.’
    • ‘He also discontinued unprofitable services, such as dating advisers.’
    • ‘Heavy losses forced it to discontinue the service.’
    • ‘Forewarned, I wrote a letter to the company asking them to discontinue my service on the effective date.’
    • ‘Dissatisfied consumers will discontinue the use of such services, as they would with any vendor.’
    • ‘The company plans to discontinue the service from September because it is no longer commercially viable.’
    • ‘In 1941, after two decades of valuable service, the seminary suddenly discontinued its classes.’
    1. 1.1usually be discontinuedStop making (a particular product)
      ‘their current top-of-the-range running shoe is being discontinued’
      • ‘Businesses with their software voiced fears that their products would be discontinued or that technical support might waver.’
      • ‘I'm hoping you have some suggestions for notifying customers that a product has been discontinued.’
      • ‘Around 450 of the 1,000 staff work in the relatively risky area of manufacturing, which was hit by the company's decision last year to discontinue one of its products.’
      • ‘‘Currently, we do not plan to discontinue any other products,’ he says.’
      • ‘In any case, it will not discontinue any of the products of the companies it has acquired, according to a spokesman.’
      • ‘The workers and the union, he said, had been aware for some time that one of the products manufactured at the Waterford plant was being discontinued.’
      • ‘Second annoyance is changing stocks: you'll go there for ages, get used to a certain product and then you'll find it's been discontinued.’
      • ‘Do we continue to live by mottos advertising products that have long been discontinued?’
      • ‘We sent it back, and since that particular pack had been discontinued so they sent us a brand new one a brand new one.’
      • ‘First, his team needs at least 100 new products annually to replace those that are discontinued.’
      • ‘This product replaces fenofibrate micronized capsules, which were discontinued by the manufacturer.’
      • ‘The value of these character jugs can accelerate quite quickly once they have been discontinued but those in continuous production stay fairly static.’
      • ‘Check the bargain bin at the local fabric store, often times they have beautiful fabrics at discount prices simply because they have been discontinued.’
      • ‘The company was horrified to learn that the valve had been discontinued since it was critical to the continued production of their blood analysis products.’
      • ‘She's right that production of the item has been discontinued.’
      • ‘The printer was discontinued in 1985, and the cartridge was dropped in 1998.’
      • ‘The company last month discontinued two product lines, which resulted in around 40 lay-offs and the closure of a design centre in France.’
      • ‘The list of discontinued products includes chips released as recently as January.’
      • ‘In addition, sellers will be able to quickly move overstocks and discontinued products.’
      • ‘The saw was discontinued in the 1950s and is no longer serviced.’
      stop, end, terminate, bring to an end, put an end to, put a stop to, wind up, finish, bring to a halt, call a halt to, cancel, drop, dispense with, do away with, get rid of, abolish
      no longer available, no longer produced, no longer manufactured
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    2. 1.2Cease taking (a newspaper or periodical) or paying (a subscription).
      ‘The e-mail subscriptions have been discontinued, probably permanently.’
      • ‘I discontinued my subscription because the magazine has deteriorated so much in the last several years.’
      • ‘I quickly discontinued my subscription, and went back to choosing my own selections.’
      • ‘Our efforts in both centers have been very successful in saving readers who might have otherwise discontinued their subscription.’
      • ‘Due to the availability of other resources and decreasing usage, we have discontinued our subscription to the database.’
      stop, cease, discontinue, desist from, swear off, forbear from, abstain from, cut out, renounce, forswear, forgo, abandon, have done with
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/ˌdiskənˈtinyo͞o/ /ˌdɪskənˈtɪnju/


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘interrupt, disrupt’): via Old French from medieval Latin discontinuare, from Latin dis- ‘not’ + continuare (see continue).