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CEASE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does cease mean? 

CEASE (noun)
  The noun CEASE has 1 sense:

1. ('cease' is a noun only in the phrase 'without cease') end

  Familiarity information: CEASE used as a noun is very rare.


CEASE (verb)
  The verb CEASE has 2 senses:

1. put an end to a state or an activity
2. have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

  Familiarity information: CEASE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


CEASE (noun)


Sense 1cease [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

('cease' is a noun only in the phrase 'without cease') end

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations

Hypernyms ("cease" is a kind of...):

end; ending (the point in time at which something ends)


CEASE (verb)


Sense 1cease [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put an end to a state or an activity

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

quit; lay off; discontinue; cease; stop; give up

Context example:

Quit teasing your little brother

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cease"):

call it a day; call it quits (stop doing what one is doing)

cheese (used in the imperative (get away, or stop it))

close off; shut off (stem the flow of)

pull the plug (prevent from happening or continuing)

retire; withdraw (withdraw from active participation)

sign off (cease broadcasting; get off the air; as of radio stations)

leave off (stop using)

drop; knock off (stop pursuing or acting)

break (give up)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Sentence example:

They cease moving


Sense 2cease [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

end; cease; terminate; finish; stop

Context examples:

the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed / Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other / My property ends by the bushes / The symphony ends in a pianissimo

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "cease"):

pass away (go out of existence)

break (come to an end)

discontinue (come or be at an end)

come out; turn out (result or end)

close; conclude (come to a close)

disappear; go away; vanish (become invisible or unnoticeable)

go; run low; run short (to be spent or finished)

run out (become used up; be exhausted)

climax; culminate (end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage)

lapse (end, at least for a long time)

cut out (cease operating)

go out (become extinguished)

adjourn; break up; recess (close at the end of a session)

disappear; vanish (cease to exist)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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