AskDefine | Define discontinue

Dictionary Definition



1 put an end to a state or an activity; "Quit teasing your little brother" [syn: stop, cease, give up, quit, lay off] [ant: continue]
2 come or be at an end; "the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31" [ant: continue]
3 prevent completion; "stop the project"; "break off the negociations" [syn: break, break off, stop]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /dɪskənˈtɪnju/


  1. To stop a process; especially as regards commercial productions; to stop producing, making, or supplying something.
    They plan to discontinue that design.




  1. Feminine plural form of discontinuo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, abjure, abort, belay, break, break off, break the habit, cancel, cease, come off, cut it out, cut out, desist, disarrange, disjoin, disuse, drop, drop it, end, forswear, give, give over, give up, halt, have done with, hold, interrupt, kick, knock it off, lay off, leave off, let go, nol-pros, not pursue with, put behind one, quit, refrain, relinquish, renounce, resign, scrub, shake, stay, stop, surcease, suspend, swear off, take the pledge, terminate, throw off, waive
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