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verb American English pronunciation: cease /sis/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theycease
he/she/itceases
present participleceasing
past tenseceased
past participleceased

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  1. 1
    [intransitive] formal to stop happening or continuing

    Conversation ceased when she entered the room.

    The rain had almost ceased by the time we left.

    cease to exist:

    If we don't get more money, our community theater will cease to exist.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to stop doing something

    The government has ceased all contact with the rebels.

    cease doing/to do something:

    In 1981 he ceased being a player and moved into management.

    I had ceased to care what happened to her.

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