cease verb

ADV. altogether, completely, entirely The flow slowed, then ceased altogether. | all but, almost, virtually | largely | effectively My job had effectively ceased to exist. | forthwith, immediately These violations of the code must cease forthwith. | soon | abruptly, suddenly The bird's song ceased abruptly. | rapidly | gradually | momentarily | eventually, finally | long (since) The conversation had long ceased to interest me. | automatically

PREP. with The matches ceased with the outbreak of war.

PHRASES without ceasing Prayer was made without ceasing.