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Definition of cease verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[intransitive, transitive] (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cease
he / she / it ceases
past simple ceased
-ing form ceasing
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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 contributions immediately. He ordered his men to cease fire (= stop shooting). cease doing something The company ceased trading in June. see also cessation
  • Idioms
    cease and desist (law)
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    used in official orders to tell someone to stop doing something
    wonders will never cease (informal) (usually ironic)
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    a phrase used to express surprise and pleasure at something “I cleaned my room.” “Wonders will never cease!”
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cease

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