Definition of cease in English:
- This behaviour ceases when parents stop hostilities and become more relaxed about the situation.
- Now and again we would have watched a funny TV programme together and hostilities would cease.
- We could expect that such groups would break up and cease to exist after such a failure.
cede from (early 16th century):
Cede is from French céder or Latin cedere ‘to yield, give way, go’. Cedere is a rich source of English words including abscess (mid 16th century) ‘going away’ (of the infection when it bursts); access [Middle English] ‘go to’; ancestor (Middle English) someone who went ante ‘before’; antecedent (Late Middle English) from the same base as ancestor; cease (Middle English); concede (Late Middle English) to give way completely; decease (Middle English) ‘go away’; exceed (Late Middle English) to go beyond a boundary; intercede (late 16th century) go between; predecessor (Late Middle English) one who went away before; proceed (Late Middle English) to go forward; recede (Late Middle English) ‘go back’; and succeed (Late Middle English) ‘come close after’.
never cease to
- (In hyperbolic use) do something very frequently: her exploits never cease to amaze meMore example sentences
- ‘I never cease to be amazed at the introspection and short-sightedness of the anti-euro lobby,’ he told the Sunday Herald.
- ‘I never cease to be amazed by the funny twists and turns the road takes when travellers are open to possibilities,’ he writes.
- You people will never cease to amaze and amuse me.
- Without stopping.Example sentences
- They ended a civil war which had raged almost without cease since before independence from Portugal in 1975.
- God must love me awfully for he chasteneth me without cease.
- They will have to be watched very closely and without cease.
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