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- (formal, intransitive) To stop.
- And with that, his twitching ceased.
- (formal, transitive) To stop doing (something).
- And with that, he ceased twitching.
- (obsolete, intransitive) To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.
- (to stop): discontinue, hold, terminate; See also Thesaurus:end or Thesaurus:stop
- (to stop doing): arrest; discontinue; See also Thesaurus:desist
- (to be wanting): desert, lack
- (obsolete) Cessation; extinction (see without cease).
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii]:
- the cease of majesty