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verb cease pronunciation in British English /siːs/
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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, community theatre will cease to exist here.
  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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