cease - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleceasing
past tenseceased
past participleceased
  1. 1
    [intransitive] formal to stop happening or continuing

    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.