What does Cease mean?

Definitions for Cease

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ceaseverb

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

  2. discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay offverb

    put an end to a state or an activity

    "Quit teasing your little brother"

  3. end, stop, finish, terminate, ceaseverb

    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

    "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"


  1. ceaseverb

    To stop.

    And with that, his twitching ceased.

  2. ceaseverb

    To stop doing (something), blin.

    And with that, he ceased twitching.

  3. Etymology: from cesen, cessen, from cesser, from cesso, frequentative of cedo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ceasenoun

    Extinction; failure.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The cease of majesty
    Dies not alone, but, like a gulph, withdraws
    What’s near it, with it. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

  2. To Ceaseverb

    To put a stop to; to put an end to.

    Haste you to lord Timon;
    Importune him for monies; be not ceas’d
    With slight denial. William Shakespeare, Timon.

    You may sooner, by imagination, quicken or slack a motion, than raise or cease it; as it is easier to make a dog go slower, than to make him stand still. Francis Bacon, Natural Hist. №. 990.

    Cease then this impious rage. Paradise Lost, b. v. l. 845.

    But he her fears to cease,
    Sent down the meek-ey’d peace. John Milton.

    The discord is compleat, nor can they cease
    The dire debate, nor yet command the peace. Dryden.

  3. To CEASEverb

    Etymology: cesser, Fr. cesso, Lat.

    The lives of all, who cease from combat, spare;
    My brother’s be your most peculiar care. John Dryden, Aureng.

    The poor man shall never cease out of the land. Deut. xv. 11.

    The soul being removed, the faculties and operations of life, sense and intellection cease from that moles corporea, and are no longer in it. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.

    But now the wonder ceases, since I see
    She kept them only, Tityrus, for thee. John Dryden, Virgil’s Past.

    The ministers of Christ have ceased from their labours. Thomas Sprat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ceaseverb

    to come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to desist; as, the noise ceased

  2. Ceaseverb

    to be wanting; to fail; to pass away

  3. Ceaseverb

    to put a stop to; to bring to an end

  4. Ceasenoun


Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cease

    sēs, v.i. to give over: to stop: to be at an end (with from).—v.t. to put an end to.—n. (Shak.) extinction.—adj. Cease′less, without ceasing: incessant.—adv. Cease′lessly.—n. Ceas′ing.—Without cease, continually. [Fr. cesser—L. cessāre, to give over—cedĕre, to yield, give up.]

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Cease' in Verbs Frequency: #569

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cease in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Cease in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Cease in a Sentence

  1. Gustav Gressel:

    (Germany is) more clearly aware than many in Kiev that Ukraine basically needs a cease-fire or a freezing of the conflict more urgently than Moscow, kiev needs to see sooner or later how it gets out of the war.

  2. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk:

    We are very far from a collapse, you know why? We don't have a cease fire … because a cease fire means that no one shoots. Cease fire means that Russian-led terrorists do not make any kind of ongoing shellings, that they do not kill Ukrainian soldiers and innocent people.

  3. Alejandro Mayorkas:

    President-elect Biden is committed to cease funding for further construction of the border wall. I would execute President-elect Biden's commitment in adherence to the laws that guide us.

  4. Padma Choling:

    Can he decide when to cease to reincarnate? That's impossible.

  5. Hulusi Akar:

    Any jet that violates our airspace will be treated as a hostile target that must be shot down and prevented from achieving its goals, the Syrian military statement said. It was not immediately clear whether the statement referred to friendly Russian jets in addition to Turkish aircraft. Migrants arrive at the village of Skala Sikaminias, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing on a dinghy the Aegean sea from Turkey, Sunday, March 1, 2020. ( AP Photo/Michael Varaklas) The statement came shortly after the Syrian army shot down a Turkish drone over the town of Saraqeb in Syrias Idlib, according to military-run media. Turkish Defense Minsiter Hulusi Akar, speaking from military headquarters near the Syrian border, said Turkey aimed to confront Syrian government forces rather than Russian troops. Hulusi Akar called on Moscow to persuade Syrian President Bashar Assad to withdraw to 2018 cease-fire lines on the edges of Idlib. Referring to losses inflicted on Syria, Hulusi Akar said Turkey had neutralized more than 2,200 Syrian troops, 103 tanks and eight helicopters. The Spring Shield operation, which was launched following the abominable attack in Idlib on Feb. 27, continues successfully.

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a wild and exciting undertaking (not necessarily lawful)
  • A. deny
  • B. conform
  • C. adventure
  • D. disturb

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