discontinue

To discontinue something is to stop it. If you've grown bored with the magazine you get in the mail every month, you can discontinue your subscription.

You discontinue things that you want to quit doing or otherwise want to bring to an end. A company also might discontinue a product, or stop making it — you'll be sad if a candy maker discontinues your favorite jelly beans. The word discontinue combines dis-, or "not," with continue, which comes from the Latin continuare, "join together, connect, or make continuous."

Definitions of discontinue
  1. verb
    put an end to a state or an activity
    synonyms: cease, 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
    cheese
    used in the imperative (get away, or stop it)
    call it a day, call it quits
    stop doing what one is doing
    break
    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
    come to or be at an end
    “the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31”
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    continue, go along, go on, keep, proceed
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
    bear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold
    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
    continue
    continue after an interruption
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    fizzle, fizzle out, peter out, taper off
    end weakly
    leave off
    come to an end, stop or cease
    expire, run out
    lose validity
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    cease, end, finish, stop, terminate
    have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical
  3. verb
    prevent completion
    synonyms: break, break off, stop
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    fracture
    become fractured
    bog, bog down
    get stuck while doing something
    break up, cut off, disrupt, interrupt
    make a break in
    cut, cut off
    cease, stop
    punctuate
    interrupt periodically
    break
    interrupt the flow of current in
    put aside, put away
    turn away from and put aside, perhaps temporarily
    break, intermit, pause
    cease an action temporarily
    barge in, break in, butt in, chime in, chisel in, cut in, put in
    break into a conversation
    burst in on, burst upon
    spring suddenly
    heckle
    challenge aggressively
    come in, inject, interject, interpose, put in, throw in
    to insert between other elements
    block, jam
    interfere with or prevent the reception of signals
    stop, stop over
    interrupt a trip
    take off, take time off
    take time off from work; stop working temporarily
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    end, terminate
    bring to an end or halt
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