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Definition to stop or discontinue

Note that the expression, cease fire means to stop doing battle such as firing funs at each other. Similarly, the noun, cease-fire, is a state of having stopped doing battle.
  • They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
  • They sent a cease and desist letter to stop the noise.
  • Chains cease to be needed after the spirit has gone out of a prisoner.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
  • cease = discontinue
  • For one, I will never cease the search till she be found.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • cease = discontinue (stop)
  • Her face turns ashen and she seems to have ceased breathing.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • ceased = stopped
  • Doyle let the firing continue for a long time before calling out for us to cease fire.
    Walter Dean Myers  --  Fallen Angels
  • cease = stop or discontinue
  • The Radley Place had ceased to terrify me, but it was no less gloomy, no less chilly under its great oaks, and no less uninviting.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • ceased = no longer had the effect
  • ...the conch exploded into a thousand white fragments and ceased to exist.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • ceased = discontinued (stopped)
  • The Kapos beat us once more, but I had ceased to feel any pain from their blows.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • ceased = stopped
  • Things become quieter, but the cries do not cease.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • cease = stopped
  • He hadn't once ceased looking at Daisy, and I think he revalued everything in his house according to the measure of response it drew from her well-loved eyes.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • ceased = stopped
  • It eluded us then, but that's no matter — tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther...... and one fine morning — So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • ceaselessly = without ever stopping
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in ceaselessly means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
  • All eyes are on your beauty until you set,
    All labor ceases when you rest in the west;
    Akhenaten (Amenhotep IV)  --  The Great Hymn to the Aten
  • ceases = stops
  • But Nancy sat quite still, only that her eyes dropped and ceased to meet his.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • ceased = stopped or discontinued
  • I answered that it had ceased to be a private matter, but had become a public one,
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • ceased = stopped
  • In the night the rain ceased and he woke and lay listening.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  The Road
  • ceased = stopped or discontinued
  • At last they ceased to trouble his thoughts almost wholly.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • ceased = discontinued (stopped)
  • And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • cease = stop or discontinue
  • I ceased my labors and sat down upon the bones.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Cask of Amontillado
  • ceased = discontinued
  • I joined forces with a group of people I then liked, and indeed have never ceased to like.
    Albert Camus  --  The Plague
ceased = stopped or discontinued

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