ceasePronunciation: (sēs), [key]
—v., ceased, ceas•ing,
to stop; discontinue: Not all medieval beliefs have ceased to exist.
to come to an end: At last the war has ceased.
to pass away; die out.
to put a stop or end to; discontinue: He begged them to cease their quarreling.
cessation: The noise of the drilling went on for hours without cease.
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