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[sees-fahyuh r] /ˈsisˈfaɪər/
a cessation of hostilities; truce.
Military. an order issued for a cease-fire.
Origin of cease-fire
1840-50; noun use of verb phrase cease fire Unabridged
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Examples from the web for ceasefire
  • Legend has it that they observed an unofficial ceasefire while underground.
  • The two sides in the shooting war in the national park signed a ceasefire months ago.
  • They have not taken a day off since before the ceasefire.
  • The new government is unlikely to offer a ceasefire.
  • After nearly two weeks of fighting, the outline of a ceasefire may be emerging.
  • Those talks collapsed because the guerrillas never declared a ceasefire or agreed to demobilise.
  • ceasefire's use of violence interrupters made the program unique.
British Dictionary definitions for ceasefire


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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Word Origin and History for ceasefire



also ceasefire, "a cessation of shooting," 1916, from verbal phrase cease fire, 1847 as a military command (formerly also signaled by bugles), from cease (v.) + fire (n.) in the gunnery sense. Generally two words until after mid-20c.

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