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Definition of the verb discontinue

What does discontinue mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: discontinued | discontinuing | discontinues

  1. put an end to a state or an activity
  2. come to or be at an end
  3. prevent completion

Alternative definition of the verb discontinue


  1. To stop a process; especially as regards commercial productions; to stop producing, making, or supplying something.

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Google previewThe English Master; Or, Student's Guide to Reasoning and Composition (1829)

Exhibiting an Analytical View of the English Language, of the Human Mind, and of the Principles of Fine Writing by William Banks

the participle is fusus, and hence it signifies to pour or spread out in different directions; but when this syllable is prefixed to English words, it signifies contrary, hence discontinue is the contrary of continue, dishonour is the contrary of honour, ...

Google previewThe Virginia and West Virginia Judicial Dictionary-digest (1922)

Words and Phrases. Being a Compilation of All Words, Phrases and Maxims which Have Been Defined, Construed, Interpreted Or Applied in Virginia and West Virginia Cases and in the Codes of Those States, Combined with a Digest of Virginia and West Virginia Cases and Principles of Law as Therein Applied by Fred P. Caldwell

DISCONTINUE. Corporation. A mere cessation, or suspension, or discontinuance by a corporation of its corporate business, unless by resolution of its stockholders to discontinue business, will not operate as a dissolution of a corporation.

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1853)

In which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals, Explained in Their Different Meanings, and Authorized by the Names of the Writers in Whose Works They are Found by Samuel Johnson

To DISCONTINUE, е. я. [discontinuer. Fr.] To lose the cohesion of parts. Bacon. To lose an established custom or right. J er. To DISCONTINUE.

Google previewA New and Complete Law-dictionary, Or, General Abridgment of the Law (1783)

On a More Extensive Plan Than Any Law-dictionary Hitherto Published : Containing Not Only the Explanation of the Terms, But Also the Law Itself, Both with Regard to Theory and Practice ... by Timothy Cunningham

Plaintiff, though an administrator, cannot discontinue without payment of costs : per cur. 1 Barnes 110. Plaintiff moved to discontinue upon payment of costs after judgment given on demurrer for the plaintiff (but not entered upon record), and a ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of United States Supreme Court Reports (1910)

Being a Complete Encyclopedia of All the Case Law of the Federal Supreme Court Up to and Including Volume 206 U.S. Supreme Court Reports (book 51 Lawyers' Edition)

—A policy of life insurance provided that after two annual payments, should it be desired to discontinue the policy, the company was to issue “a paid-up policy for as many tenths ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopaedia of Law (1887)

Plaintiff has absolute right to discontinue at common law before or after issue joined and without leave of court.5* (a) Termination.

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

by Thomas Sheridan

To DISCONTINUE, & 's kön-tin'-ti. v.n.To lose the cohesion of parts; to lose an established or prescriptive custom. To DISCONTINUE, dis-kön-tin'-É. v. a. To leave off, to cease any pračtice or habit. DISCONTINUITY, dis-kön-ti-nā'- H-ty. s.

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Usage statistics about discontinue

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Discontinue Meaning

Video shows what discontinue means. To interrupt the continuance of; to put an end to, especially as regards commercial productions; to stop producing, making ...

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Quotes about discontinue

Snap, pop, hip hop.
Have you had enough?

Much of what I've laid,
Has still been untouched.

I could discontinue this,
And leave.

Or stand silently in a corner,
To watch.
But I am too pen busy! (Lawrence S. Pertillar)
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Scrabble value of D2I1S1C3O1N1T1I1N1U1E1

The value of this 11-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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