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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CEASE, v.i.
1. To stop moving, acting or speaking; to leave of; to give over; followed by from before a noun.
It is an honor for a man to cease from strife. Proverbs 20.
2. To fail; to be wanting.
The poor shall never cease out of the land. Deutoronomy 15.
3. To stop; to be at an end; as, the wonder ceases; the storm has ceased.
4. To be forgotten.
I would make the remembrance of them to cease. Deutoronomy 32.
5. To abstain; as, cease from anger. Psalms 37.
To cease from labor, is to rest; to cease from strife, is to be quiet; but in such phrases, the sense of cease is not varied.
CEASE, v.t. To put a stop to; to put an end to. Cease this impious rage. [But in this use the phrase is generally elliptical,]
CEASE, n. Extinction.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end v
1: put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" [syn: discontinue, stop, cease, give up, quit, lay off] [ant: bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold]
2: have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "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" [syn: end, stop, finish, terminate, cease] [ant: begin, start]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (ceased; ceasing) Etymology: Middle English cesen, from Anglo-French cesser, from Latin cessare to hold back, be remiss, frequentative of cedere Date: 14th century transitive verb to cause to come to an end especially gradually ; no longer continue <they were forced to cease operations> <cease to exist> intransitive verb 1. a. to come to an end <the fighting gradually ceased> b. to bring an activity or action to an end ; discontinue <they have been ordered to cease and desist> 2. obsolete to become extinct ; die out Synonyms: see stop II. noun Date: 14th century cessation usually used with without

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v.tr. & intr. stop; bring or come to an end (ceased breathing). --n. (in without cease) unending. Phrases and idioms: cease fire Mil. stop firing. cease-fire n. 1 the order to do this. 2 a period of truce; a suspension of hostilities. Etymology: ME f. OF cesser, L cessare frequent. of cedere cess- yield

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cease Cease, v. t. To put a stop to; to bring to an end. But he, her fears to cease Sent down the meek-eyed peace. --Milton. Cease, then, this impious rage. --Milton

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cease Cease, n. Extinction. [Obs.] --Shak.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cease Cease (s[=e]s), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ceased; p. pr. & vb. n. Ceasing.] [OE. cessen, cesen, F. cesser, fr. L. cessare, v. intemsive fr. cedere to withdraw. See Cede, and cf. Cessation.] 1. To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to desist; as, the noise ceased. ``To cease from strife.'' --Prov. xx. 3. 2. To be wanting; to fail; to pass away. The poor shall never cease out of the land. --Deut. xv. 11. Syn: To intermit; desist; stop; abstain; quit; discontinue; refrain; leave off; pause; end.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(ceases, ceasing, ceased) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. 1. If something ceases, it stops happening or existing. (FORMAL) At one o'clock the rain had ceased. = halt VERB: V 2. If you cease to do something, you stop doing it. (FORMAL) He never ceases to amaze me... A small number of firms have ceased trading. VERB: V to-inf, V -ing 3. If you cease something, you stop it happening or working. (FORMAL) The Tundra Times, a weekly newspaper in Alaska, ceased publication this week. = stop VERB: V n

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

ses: A remarkable array of 20 Hebrew and 6 Greek words is so translated. In the King James Version 15 of the former and 3 of the latter are used only once with this rendering. The originals most frequently in use are chadhal, "to leave off"; shabhath "to rest from" (labor); pauomai, "to make to cease." Few words illustrate better the fertility of the Hebrew in expressing limitless shades of meaning, impoverished by the use of one English word. This extensive variety is, however, well expressed by "cease": i.e. stop, come to an end, e.g. ceasing of tears (Jer 14:17); work (Ezr 4:24); grinders (Ec 12:3); thunder (Ex 9:29); the wicked (Job 3:17); anger (Ps 37:8). The significance of shabhath lies in its being the Hebrew for Sabbath, implying complete cessation: as of manna (Jos 5:12); strife and ignominy (Pr 22:10); occurs with negative to show the ceaseless Providence of God in Nature: "summer and winter .... shall not c." (Ge 8:22). In the New Testament it illustrates Christ's power over Nature; wind and raging sea ceased (Lu 8:24); over a sinner's heart: "not ceased to kiss my feet" (dialeipo) (Lu 7:45); devotion of the early disciples, "ceased not to teach and to preach Jesus as the Christ" (Ac 5:42); the eternity and blessedness of the believer's sabbatic rest (apoleipo) (Hebrews 4:10 the King James Version).

Dwight M. Pratt

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. v. n. 1. Desist, stop, stay, break off, leave off, give over. 2. Fail, be extinct, be wanting. 3. Terminate, end, be at an end, come to an end, blow over. II. v. a. Leave off, stop, desist from, give over, end.

Moby Thesaurus

abandon, abdicate, abjure, abort, acknowledge defeat, ad infinitum, be consumed, be done for, be gone, be no more, belay, calm, calm down, cancel, cease to be, cease to exist, ceaselessly, cede, cessation, close, come to naught, come to nothing, conclude, conclusion, conk out, constantly, continually, continuously, cry quits, cut it out, dematerialize, depart, desist, desist from, desistance, determine, die, die away, die down, die out, disappear, discontinue, dispel, disperse, dissipate, dissolve, do a fade-out, drop, drop it, dwindle, ebb, end, ending, endlessly, erode, eternally, evanesce, evaporate, everlastingly, exit, expire, fade, fade away, fade out, finish, finish up, flee, fly, forever, forgo, forswear, give over, give up, go, go away, halt, hand over, have done with, hide, hold, incessantly, infinitely, interminably, intermit, knock it off, knock off, lay down, lay off, leave no trace, leave off, leave the scene, lull, melt, melt away, molder, pacify, pass, pass away, pass out, peg out, period, perish, perorate, perpetually, quiesce, quiet, quieten, quit, refrain, refrain from, relinquish, renounce, resign, resolve, retire from sight, run out, scrap, scratch, scrub, sink, sink away, soothe, stay, stop, subside, succumb, suffer an eclipse, surcease, surrender, terminate, termination, throw up, tranquilize, unendingly, unremittingly, vanish, vanish from sight, waive, wane, waste, waste away, wear away, wind up, without cease, yield



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