cease (n.)

"cessation, stopping," c. 1300, from cease (n.) or else from Old French cesse "cease, cessation," from cesser.

cease (v.)

c. 1300, cesen, from Old French cesser "to come to an end, stop, cease; give up, desist," from Latin cessare "to cease, go slow, give over, leave off, be idle," frequentative of cedere (past participle cessus) "go away, withdraw, yield" (from PIE root *ked- "to go, yield"). Related: Ceased; ceasing. Old English in this sense had geswican, blinnan.