- To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to desist; as, the noise ceased ."To ceasefrom strife." [Prov. xx. 3.]
- To be wanting; to fail; to pass away."The poor shall never cease out of the land." [Deut. xv. 11.]synonyms: To intermit; desist; stop; abstain; quit; discontinue; refrain; leave off; pause; end.
Etymology: OE. cessen cesen, F. cesser, fr. L. cessare, v. intensive fr. cedere to withdraw. See Cede , and cf. Cessation