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English Dictionary: cease by the DICT Development Group
4 results for cease
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end
  1. put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother"
    Synonym(s): discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay off
    Antonym(s): bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): end, stop, finish, terminate, cease
    Antonym(s): begin, start
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cease \Cease\ (s[emac]s), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Ceased}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Ceasing}.] [OE. cessen, cesen, F. cesser, fr. L.
      cessare, v. intemsive fr. cedere to withdraw. See {Cede}, and
      cf. {Cessation}.]
      1. To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to
            desist; as, the noise ceased. [bd]To cease from
            strife.[b8] --Prov. xx. 3.
      2. To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.
                     The poor shall never cease out of the land. --Deut.
                                                                              xv. 11.
      Syn: To intermit; desist; stop; abstain; quit; discontinue;
               refrain; leave off; pause; end.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cease \Cease\, v. t.
      To put a stop to; to bring to an end.
               But he, her fears to cease Sent down the meek-eyed
               peace.                                                   --Milton.
               Cease, then, this impious rage.               --Milton

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Cease \Cease\, n.
      Extinction. [Obs.] --Shak.
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