verb (used without object), ceased, ceas·ing.
- to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
- to come to an end: At last the war has ceased.
- Obsolete. to pass away; die out.
verb (used with object), ceased, ceas·ing.
- to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling.
- cessation: The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.
- (when tr, may take a gerund or an infinitive as object) to bring or come to an end; desist from; stop
- without cease without stopping; incessantly
“cessation, stopping,” c.1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse “cease, cessation,” from cesser.
c.1300, cesen, from Old French cesser “to come to an end, stop, cease; give up, desist,” from Latin cessare “to cease, go slow, give over, leave off, be idle,” frequentative of cedere (past participle cessus) “go away, withdraw, yield” (see cede). Related: Ceased; ceasing. Old English in this sense had geswican, blinnan.
In addition to the idiom beginning with cease
- cease and desist
- wonders will never cease