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Cease, vb., 1) trans., to discontinue, to make an end of: “--ing their clamorous cry,” Ven. 693. “when he hath --d his ill-resounding noise,” Ven. 693 “O time, c. thou thy course,” Lucr. 1765. “here c. more questions,” Tp. I, 2, 184. “c. thy counsel,” Ado V, 1, 3. “heaven c. this idle humour in your honour,” Shr. Ind. 2, 14. “may c. their hatred,” H5 V, 2, 380. “c. these jars,” H6A I, 1, 44. “c. our hot pursuit,” II, 2, 3. “c. these execrations,” H6B III, 2, 305. “particularities and petty sounds to c.” V, 2, 45. “to c. this civil war,” H6C I, 1, 197. Tit. III, 1, 136. Rom. II, 2, 152. Tim. II, 2, 3. Tim. II, 2, 3 Hml. V, 2, 374. Lr. I, 1, 196. Cymb. V, 5, 255. Per. II, 1, 1. -- Passively: “importune him for my moneys; be not --d with slight denial, nor then silenced . . .,” Tim. II, 1, 16. Followed by an infinitive: “c. to persuade,” Gentl. I, 1, 1. “to lament,” III, 1, 241. “which never --th to enlarge itself,” H6A I, 2, 134. H6B III, 1, 351. III, 2, 205. IV, 4, 3. H6C IV, 8, 50. Rom. II, 2, 119. Lr. I, 1, 114. Cymb. IV, 4, 31.
2) intr. a) to leave off, to stop: “at which time you said our work should c.” Tp. V, 5. “so your affection would c.” Gentl. II, 1, 92. “c., no more,” Wint. II, 1, 150. H6B III, 2, 339. Cor. III, 3, 20. Rom. V, 3, 249. Cymb. V, 5, 484. Per. III, 1, 77. V, 1, 146. “miracles are --d,” H5 I, 1, 67.
b) to come to an end, to perish: and both (my life and honour) “shall c. without your remedy,” All's V, 3, 164. “if all were minded so, the times should c.” Sonn. 11, 7. “things at the worst will c.” Mcb. IV, 2, 24. “that things might change or c.” Lr. III, 1, 7. “and machination --s,” V, 1, 46 (in V, 3, 264 perhaps subst.). which (my purposes) “are or c., as you shall give the advice,” Ant. I, 3, 67.
c) to desist: “she --d in heavy satisfaction,” All's V, 3, 99. “that ambitious Constance would not c. till she had kindled France,” John I, 32. why c. you (desist from fighting) till you are so (lords of the field) Cor. I, 6, 48. “if he were putting to my house the brand, I have not the face to say 'beseech you, c.,'” IV, 6, 117.
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