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DISCONTINUE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does discontinue mean? 

DISCONTINUE (verb)
  The verb DISCONTINUE has 3 senses:

1. put an end to a state or an activity
2. come or be at an end
3. prevent completion

  Familiarity information: DISCONTINUE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISCONTINUE (verb)


Sense 1discontinue [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 "discontinue"):

break (give up)

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)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Antonym:

continue (keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last)


Sense 2discontinue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come or be at an end

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31

Hypernyms (to "discontinue" is one way to...):

cease; end; finish; stop; terminate (have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical)

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

fizzle; fizzle out; peter out; taper off (end weakly)

leave off (come to an end, stop or cease)

expire; run out (lose validity)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Antonym:

continue (continue a certain state, condition, or activity)


Sense 3discontinue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent completion

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

break off; discontinue; stop; break

Context examples:

stop the project / break off the negotiations

Hypernyms (to "discontinue" is one way to...):

end; terminate (bring to an end or halt)

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

fracture (become fractured)

bog; bog down (get stuck while doing something)

break up; cut off; disrupt; interrupt (make a break in)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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