- 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 ceasefire
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He blames Ukrainian officials for violating the ceasefire agreement and shelling the outskirts of Donetsk city.Ukraine Could Explode in the Next 48 Hours
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- a period of truce, esp one that is temporary and a preliminary step to establishing a more permanent peace on agreed terms
- the order to stop firing
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Word Origin and History for ceasefire
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