- IPA: /siːs/
cease (ceases, present participle ceasing; past and past participle ceased)
- (formal, intransitive) To stop.
- And with that, his twitching ceased.
- (formal, transitive) To stop doing (something).
- And with that, he ceased twitching.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.
- (to stop) discontinue, hold, terminate; See also Thesaurus:end or Thesaurus:stop
- (to stop doing) arrest; discontinue; See also Thesaurus:desist
- (to be wanting) desert, lack
- French: cesser, s'arrêter
- German: aufhören
- Italian: cessare, arrestare, smettere, interrompere
- Portuguese: cessar
- Russian: прекраща́ться
- Spanish: cesar, parar, terminar
- French: cesser de + infinitive, arrêter de + infinitive
- German: aufhören, einstellen
- Portuguese: parar
- Russian: прекраща́ть
- Spanish: dejar
- (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