To cease is to stop or end. Your gym teacher may have trained the class so well that all chattering will cease every time she blows her whistle.

Cease comes from the Old French cesser, which means "come to an end," "go away," "give up," or "yield." Although cease often appears in the past tense with "-ed," cease is common for talking about things as they come to an end. A dead plant has ceased living, and if you cease watering the rest of the plants, they will cease to exist too.

Definitions of cease
  1. verb
    put an end to a state or an activity
    synonyms: discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
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    bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
    continue, go forward, proceed
    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
    continue, go along, go on, keep, proceed
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
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    drop, knock off
    stop pursuing or acting
    leave off
    stop using
    sign off
    cease broadcasting; get off the air; as of radio stations
    retire, withdraw
    withdraw from active participation
    pull the plug
    prevent from happening or continuing
    close off, shut off
    stem the flow of
    used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
    call it a day, call it quits
    stop doing what one is doing
    give up
    nol.pros., nolle pros, nolle prosequi
    drop prosecution of by entering a nolle prosequi in the court records
    drop out
    withdraw from established society, especially because of disillusion with conventional values
  2. verb
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
    synonyms: end, finish, stop, terminate
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    begin, start
    have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense
    begin, start
    have a beginning characterized in some specified way
    have a beginning, of a temporal event
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    pass away
    go out of existence
    end, at least for a long time
    cut out
    cease operating
    go out
    become extinguished
    adjourn, break up, recess
    close at the end of a session
    disappear, vanish
    cease to exist
    climax, culminate
    end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
    run out
    become used up; be exhausted
    go, run low, run short
    to be spent or finished
    disappear, go away, vanish
    become invisible or unnoticeable
    close, conclude
    come to a close
    come out, turn out
    result or end
    come to or be at an end
    come to an end
    dematerialise, dematerialize
    become immaterial; disappear
    crown, top
    be the culminating event
    clear, dissipate
    go away or disappear
    bob under
    disappear suddenly, as if under the surface of a body of water
    come out in the end
    work out
    happen in a certain way, leading to, producing, or resulting in a certain outcome, often well
    fizzle, fizzle out, peter out, taper off
    end weakly
    leave off
    come to an end, stop or cease
    expire, run out
    lose validity
  3. noun
    (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end
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    type of:
    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
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