Definition of cease verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

    

cease

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//siːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//siːs//
 
[intransitive, transitive](formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cease
BrE BrE//siːs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//siːs//
 
he / she / it ceases
BrE BrE//ˈsiːsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːsɪz//
 
past simple ceased
BrE BrE//siːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//siːst//
 
past participle ceased
BrE BrE//siːst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//siːst//
 
-ing form ceasing
BrE BrE//ˈsiːsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsiːsɪŋ//
 
 
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  • to stop happening or existing; to stop something from happening or existing Welfare payments cease as soon as an individual starts a job. cease to do something You never cease to amaze me! cease something They voted to cease strike action immediately. He ordered his men to cease fire (= stop shooting). cease doing something The company ceased trading in June. see also cessation
  • Word Origin Middle English: from Old French cesser, from Latin cessare ‘stop’, from cedere ‘to yield’.Extra examples Building ceased with the outbreak of war. My job had effectively ceased to exist. Prayer was made without ceasing. The bird’s song ceased abruptly. The company ceased trading. The conversation had long ceased to interest me. The factory has now ceased production of the toys. The factory will cease operations this autumn. The flow slowed, then ceased altogether. The noise faded, then ceased altogether. These violations of the code must cease forthwith. He ordered his men to cease fire.Idioms
    wonders will never cease
     
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    (informal, usually ironic) a phrase used to express surprise and pleasure at something ‘I've cleaned my room.’ ‘Wonders will never cease!’
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cease