Definition of cease in English:


Line breaks: cease
Pronunciation: /siːs


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 activity
More example sentences
  • 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.
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 away
bring to an end, bring to a halt, bring to a stop, end, halt, stop, conclude, terminate, finish, wind up, discontinue, desist from, refrain from, leave off, quit, shut down, suspend, break off, cut short


Middle English: from Old French cesser, from Latin cessare 'stop', from cedere 'to yield'.


never cease to

(In hyperbolic use) do something very frequently: her exploits never cease to amaze me
More 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 cease

Without stopping: the bells rang without cease
More 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.
continuously, incessantly, unendingly, unremittingly, without cessation/stopping/let-up, without a pause/break, on and on, time without end

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