cease-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: put an end to a state or activity

Commentary: NP1[agent] CEASE NP2
NOTE: The subject in Sense 1 deliberately ends NP2. Compare to Sense 2 where the subject is the thing ended.

I demand that you immediately cease the use and distribution of all programs.
Microsoft will cease support for the Mac version of Internet Explorer from December 31.
The company will officially cease operations at midnight.
We call on the Japanese government to cease all executions.
"I'll cease from wandering," I vowed to her.

VerbNet: stop-55.4-1
FrameNet: Activity_stop
PropBank: cease.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: to (naturally) have an end, come to a stop

Commentary: NP1[theme] CEASE[intransitive]

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time.
Wonders never cease.
The rain ceased as if a faucet had been turned off.
I'm afraid this process won't cease anytime soon.
It never ceases to amaze me.
Workplace nurseries will cease to be liable for tax.
Whether the protests will cease remains to be seen.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Process_stop
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2