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cease

verb abate, abrogate, abstain from, adjourn, annul, arrest, be all over, be at an end, be silent, become void, bring to an end, cancel, cause to halt, check, close, come to a close, come to a standstill, come to an end, consummate, culminate, desist, discontinue, draw to a close, drop, end, expire, extinguish, finish, forbear, get through, give over, halt, hold off, interrupt, lapse, leave off, make an end of, pause, put a stop to, put an end to, quell, quit, refrain, relinquish, run its course, stanch, stay, stem, stop, stop work, surcease, suspend, terminate, vacate, withdraw
Associated concepts: cease and desist order, cease doing busiiess, cease from occupying, cease to act, cease to do business
Foreign phrases: Cessante causa, cessat effectus.When the cause ceases, the effect ceases. Cessante ratione legis, cessat et ipsa lex. The reason of the law ceasing, the law itself also ceases.
See also: abandon, abate, close, cloture, complete, conclude, desist, discontinue, dissipate, dissolve, expire, finish, forbear, forgo, halt, interrupt, leave, palliate, pause, perish, quit, refrain, relinquish, renounce, rest, shut, stop, succumb, suspend, terminate, vacate, waive, withdraw
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The street in which it upreared its venerable peaks has long ceased to be a fashionable quarter of the town; so that, though the old edifice was surrounded by habitations of modern date, they were mostly small, built entirely of wood, and typical of the most plodding uniformity of common life.
While the trick lasted he won in sixteen successive duels in his university; but by that time observers had discovered what his charm was, and how to break it, therefore his championship ceased.
And she walked on again under the breaking cloud, from which there came now and then the light of a quickly veiled star, for a freezing wind had sprung up since the snowing had ceased.
Now she ceased her singing, and stood before the crouching king and before me, who was behind the king, so that the light of her glory shone upon us.
But now, drawing back to the edge of the table, gradually lower your eye (thus bringing yourself more and more into the condition of the inhabitants of Flatland), and you will find the penny becoming more and more oval to your view, and at last when you have placed your eye exactly on the edge of the table (so that you are, as it were, actually a Flatlander) the penny will then have ceased to appear oval at all, and will have become, so far as you can see, a straight line.
Nearly four years had passed away; at the end of the second he had ceased to mark the lapse of time.
You must have ceased to love me, Makar Alexievitch.
Again, if all animals ceased to exist, there would be no knowledge, but there might yet be many objects of knowledge.
Crawford would have half the reason which my poor ill-used aunt had to abhor the very name, I would prevent the marriage, if possible; but I know you: I know that a wife you loved would be the happiest of women, and that even when you ceased to love, she would yet find in you the liberality and good-breeding of a gentleman.
and therefore, deferring all particular enquiry till she could make it personally in London, ceased writing minutely or often.
Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang; and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that, at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to harken to the sound; and thus the waltzers perforce ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company; and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation.
Each bird seemed to sound some note of fear or anger or seeking, and the whirring of wings never ceased nor lessened.