Pronunciation Verb

cease (ceases, present participle ceasing; past and past participle ceased)

  1. (formal, intransitive) To stop.
    And with that, his twitching ceased.
  2. (formal, transitive) To stop doing (something).
    And with that, he ceased twitching.
  3. (obsolete, intransitive) To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Deuteronomy 15:11 ↗:
      The poor shall never cease out of the land.
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  1. (obsolete) Cessation; extinction (see without cease).
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      the cease of majesty

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