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

v put an end to a state or an activity

discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
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

v have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

end, finish, stop, terminate
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
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

n (`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end

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end, ending
the point in time at which something ends

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