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.
2. To be wanting; to fail; to pass away.
The poor shall never cease out of the land. --Deut.
Syn: To intermit; desist; stop; abstain; quit; discontinue;
refrain; leave off; pause; end.