- Come or bring to an end: [no object]: the hostilities ceased and normal life was resumed [with infinitive]: on his retirement the job will cease to exist [with object]: they were asked to cease all military activityMore example sentences
come to an end, come to a halt, come to a stop, end, halt, stop, conclude, terminate, finish, wind up, draw to a close, be over, come to a standstill; pause, break off; peter out, fizzle out, abate, fade away, die awayend, halt, stop, conclude, terminate, finish, wind up, discontinue, desist from, refrain from, leave off, quit, shut down, suspend, break off, cut short
- 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.
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: the bells rang without ceaseMore 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.
Middle English: from Old French cesser, from Latin cessare 'stop', from cedere 'to yield'.