surcease(redirected from surceasing)
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tr. & intr.v. sur·ceased, sur·ceas·ing, sur·ceas·es
To bring or come to an end; stop.
[Middle English surcesen, variant (influenced by cesen, to cease) of sursesen, from Anglo-Norman surseser, from Old French surseoir, sursis-, to refrain, from Latin supersedēre; see supersede.]
cessation or intermission
1. to desist from (some action)
2. to cease or cause to cease
[C16: from earlier sursesen, from Old French surseoir, from Latin supersedēre; see supersede]
v. -ceased, -ceas•ing,
1. to cease from some action; desist.
2. to come to an end.v.t.
3. Archaic. to cease from; leave off.n.
4. cessation; end.
Past participle: surceased
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|Noun||1.||surcease - a stopping; "a cessation of the thunder"|
legal separation, separation - (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
1. To prevent the occurrence or continuation of a movement, action, or operation: