cease-fire

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\ ˈsēs-ˈfi(-ə)r How to pronounce cease-fire (audio) \

Definition of cease-fire

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

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First Known Use of cease-fire

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cease-fire was in 1859

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“Cease-fire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cease-fire. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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cease-fire

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English Language Learners Definition of cease-fire

: an agreement to stop fighting a war for a period of time so that a permanent agreement can be made to end the war

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