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English noun: cease

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


Broader (hypernym)end, ending


English verb: cease

1. cease (stative) put an end to a state or an activity


SamplesQuit teasing your little brother.


ExamplesThey cease moving


Synonymsdiscontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Narrower (hyponym)break, call it a day, call it quits, cheese, close off, drop, knock off, leave off, pull the plug, retire, shut off, sign off, withdraw


Antonymspreserve, uphold, carry on, continue, bear on

2. cease (stative) have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsend, finish, stop, terminate


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Narrower (hyponym)adjourn, break, break up, climax, close, come out, conclude, culminate, cut out, disappear, disappear, discontinue, go, go away, go out, lapse, pass away, recess, run low, run out, run short, turn out, vanish, vanish


Antonymsbegin, start









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