- a cessation of hostilities; truce.
- Military. an order issued for a cease-fire.
Origin of cease-fire
First recorded in 1840–50; noun use of verb phrase cease fire
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Examples from the Web for cease-fire
Clearly, all of the statements from Moscow and Kiev about a cease-fire for the period of the investigation have been forgotten.Inside the Battle to Crush Ukraine’s Rebel Capital as Dutch Search for MH17 Clues
July 21, 2014
The sanctions continued after a cease-fire; Eisenhower was adamant: They wouldn't be lifted until the invading troops were gone.Obama’s All Eisenhower On Russia
March 10, 2014
A bloody conflict ended in a cease-fire that ceded to the militants the right to institute Sharia law in the Swat area.Who Is Fazlullah? The Pakistani Mullah Who Targeted Malala
November 9, 2013
The cease-fire requires Hamas to hold its rockets and Israel to alleviate the siege.Gaza After The Dust Settled
February 19, 2013
Haaretz quoted a Maan news agency report that both Hamas and Islamic Jihad are committed to the Gaza cease-fire.Thank You Iron Dome
March 11, 2012
We will work for a cease-fire now or once discussions have begun.
It was two and a half hours before the "Cease-fire" whistle sounded.With Botha in the Field
Eric Moore Ritchie
His men held out until two in the afternoon, when their resistance collapsed and the cease-fire sounded.The Fight For The Republic in China
Bertram Lenox Putnam Weale
A cease-fire was achieved without a major power confrontation.
Word Origin and History for cease-fire
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