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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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. Seng-T'San:

    If an eye never falls asleep, All dreams will by themselves cease If the mind retains its absoluteness, The ten thousand things are of one suchness.

  2. Nancy Pelosi:

    President Trump must demand and secure a real, concrete and comprehensive agreement that the Russians will cease their ongoing attacks on our democracy, failure to stand up to Putin would constitute a profound betrayal of the Constitution and our democracy.

  3. Venezuela Pompeo:

    So whether its Iranian forces, or Chinese or Cubans, the President Donald Trump administration position is that they all need to cease having an impact in supporting embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and allowing the Venezuelan people not only to get their democracy back but give them an opportunity to rebuild this country that has tremendous wealth.

  4. Paul Ryan:

    We better get our act together or we will cease being a national party, we are going to be a regional party that fails to get into the majority and fails to do things on behalf of those working-class people that were the back of the Democratic Party for so long.

  5. Hussein Swaleh.Swaleh:

    All along we had thoughts running through our mind that it could be true or it could not be true, people are still crying back home and they will not cease until the burial is done.

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