cease vs discontinue: What's the difference?

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Which is correct: cease or discontinue

How to spell cease?

cease
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discontinue
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ceaseverb

put an end to a state or an activity

ceaseverb

have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

ceasenoun

(`cease' is a noun only in the phrase `without cease') end

discontinueverb

put an end to a state or an activity

discontinueverb

prevent completion

discontinueverb

come to or be at an end

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