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cease-fire

[ sees-fahyuhr ]
/ ˈsisˈfaɪər /
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noun
a cessation of hostilities; truce.
Military. an order issued for a cease-fire.
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Origin of cease-fire

First recorded in 1840–50; noun use of verb phrase cease fire
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British Dictionary definitions for cease-fire

ceasefire
/ mainly military /

noun
a period of truce, esp one that is temporary and a preliminary step to establishing a more permanent peace on agreed terms
interjection, noun
the order to stop firing
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