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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Cease \Cease\ (s[=e]s), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Ceased (s[=e]st); p. pr. & vb. n. Ceasing.] [OE. cessen, cesen, F. cesser, fr. L. cessare, v. intensive fr. cedere to withdraw. See Cede, and cf. Cessation.] 1. To come to an end; to stop; to leave off or give over; to desist; as, the noise ceased. "To cease from strife." --Prov. xx. 3. [1913 Webster] 2. To be wanting; to fail; to pass away. [1913 Webster] The poor shall never cease out of the land. --Deut. xv. 11. Syn: To intermit; desist; stop; abstain; quit; discontinue; refrain; leave off; pause; end. [1913 Webster]