: a military order to cease firing
: a suspension of active hostilities

Examples of cease-fire in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday, the United States for the third time since the start of the conflict vetoed a Security Council resolution calling for an immediate cease-fire in the Gaza Strip. Emily Rauhala, Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2024 The United States vetoed a United Nations resolution strongly backed by Arab countries on Tuesday calling for an immediate cease-fire and hostage release deal between Israel and Hamas. Danielle Chemtob, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Following a cease-fire, the United States must get serious about pushing Israel to shift course. Marc Lynch, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Demanding an immediate, unconditional cease-fire without an agreement requiring Hamas to release the hostages will not bring about a durable peace. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, 20 Feb. 2024 In December, the last time Biden visited Los Angeles to raise money, demonstrators staged major rallies in support of Palestinians, calling for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to U.S. financial and military aid to Israel. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Lead the congressional call for a permanent cease-fire and introduce bills to ban U.S. aid to war criminals. The San Diego Union-Tribune Staff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Feb. 2024 The war's heavy death toll and widespread damage have led to mounting criticism of Israel and growing calls for a cease-fire. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 19 Feb. 2024 Even if the combatants agreed to a cease-fire along the current lines of control, Putin would resume the invasion at his convenience. Matthew Continetti, National Review, 17 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cease-fire was in 1844

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“Cease-fire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cease-fire. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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: a temporary stopping of warfare

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