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

     

    discontinue

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuː//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they discontinue
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuː//
     
    he / she / it discontinues
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuːz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuːz//
     
    past simple discontinued
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuːd//
     
    past participle discontinued
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuːd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuːd//
     
    -ing form discontinuing
    BrE BrE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuːɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪskənˈtɪnjuːɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1discontinue (doing) something to stop doing, using or providing something, especially something that you have been doing, using or providing regularly It was decided to discontinue the treatment after three months. The company has discontinued the practice of providing the staff with free lunches.
  2. 2[usually passive] discontinue something to stop making a product a sale of discontinued china
  3. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘interrupt, disrupt’): via Old French from medieval Latin discontinuare, from Latin dis- ‘not’ + continuare, from continuus ‘uninterrupted’, from continere ‘hang together’.
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