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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, perish
- 1667, John Milton, “Book II”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 159-161:
- [...] wherefore ceaſe we then? / Say they who counſel Warr, we are decreed, / Reſerv'd and deſtin'd to Eternal woe;
- (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: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act III, scene iii]:
- the cease of majesty