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.


  1. cease

    To cease means to stop, discontinue, or bring to an end. It generally implies a complete halt of an action, process, or operation.

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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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CEASE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cease is ranked #36099 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cease surname appeared 621 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cease.

    84.3% or 524 total occurrences were White.
    6.9% or 43 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.3% or 21 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.6% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.4% or 9 total occurrences were Black.

British National Corpus

  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. Barack Obama:

    The callous disregard for Luke’s life is more proof of the depths of AQAP’s depravity, and further reason why the world must never cease in seeking to defeat their evil ideology.

  2. State Department:

    Secretary Kerry raised these concerns in a call with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov earlier today and urged him to press the regime to cease at once airstrikes against opposition forces and innocent civilians in Aleppo and the Damascus suburbs.

  3. Yvonne Padmos:

    In a society brimming with empathy and compassion, the concept of homelessness would cease to exist; for it is through the genuine sharing and caring for one another that we eradicate the silence of suffering and build the symphony of a harmonious humanity.

  4. Boris Johnson:

    It would be a catastrophe if Putin won. He'd love nothing more than to say, 'Let's freeze this conflict, let's have a cease-fire,'.

  5. Eileen Caddy:

    Cease trying to work everything out with your minds. It will get you nowhere. Live by intuition and inspiration and let your whole life be Revelation.

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an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
A signify
B aggravate
C moan
D interrupt

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