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cease

 
 
pronunciation:
sis
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb, noun
grammatical pattern:
VERB + INFINITIVE, VERB + GERUND
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part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: ceases, ceasing, ceased
definition: to stop or come to an end.
After four days, the rain ceased.
synonyms:
discontinue, end, finish, stop, terminate
antonyms:
continue, start
similar words:
break, check, conclude, desist, die, halt, keep, let down, let up, pass, suspend
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to stop or bring to an end.
The five movie theaters in town ceased operation some years ago.If habitat loss continues, these creatures will cease to exist.[VERB + INFINITIVE ] I have ceased to care about what I wear and what I look like.[VERB + INFINITIVE ] Cease making that noise right now![VERB + GERUND ]
 
synonyms:
conclude, discontinue, leave off, stop, terminate
antonyms:
begin, continue, start
similar words:
check, end, halt, kill, quit, suspend
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part of speech: noun
definition: cessation; stopping.
We are praying for a cease of the hostilities between our country and theirs.
synonyms:
break, cessation, discontinuance, halt, stop, surcease
similar words:
check, hesitation, intermission, interruption, letup, pause, suspension