Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
The old empire has ceased to exist.
America ceased pretending it had moral leadership some 40 years ago, and has nothing special to offer anyone.
They ceased their efforts.
You have to cease talking.
The snow never ceased falling.
When will this quarrelling cease?
When can the people cease from their labours?
cease = put an end to a state or an activity
I won't buy a car from this outfit; they're notorious for their bait and switch tactics.
He's carrying this entire outfit on his shoulders.
outfit = a commercial organization; enterprice; firm
notorious = known widely and usually unfavorably
bait and switch tastic = a fraudulent sales tactic
She did not wear the same outfit two days running.
outfit = a set of clothing (with accessories)
Some of the modern outfits don't have brass.
outfit = musical band
He outfitted at the Chicago Store, getting the best all-wool ready-made suit in Arizona.
outfit (v) = provide with (something) usually for a specific purpose
ready made = already made, prepared, or available
ready made clothes = ready-to-wear clothes; store clothes
A television outfit went there to shoot the story.
outfit = any cohesive group; team
And, mingling with all kinds of society, I frequently fell into many foolish errors, and displayed the weakness of youth, and the foibles of human nature.
mingle = associate; get involved or mixed-up with; rub shoulders;
foible = fault; shortcomings;
Thank you for your efforts.