peace·​keep·​ing | \ ˈpēs-ˌkē-piŋ How to pronounce peacekeeping (audio) \

Definition of peacekeeping

: the preserving of peace especially : international enforcement and supervision of a truce between hostile states or communities

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peacekeeper \ ˈpēs-​ˌkē-​pər How to pronounce peacekeeping (audio) \ noun

Examples of peacekeeping in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 36-page report released Tuesday by the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, a peacekeeping force known as MINUSMA, supported their testimonies. Washington Post, "French airstrike in Mali killed 19 civilians, U.N. investigation finds," 30 Mar. 2021 Kosovo on Tuesday sent a military platoon to Kuwait to take part in the country's first ever international peacekeeping mission. Star Tribune, "Kosovo sends troops on peacekeeping mission for first time," 9 Mar. 2021 Agape, a peacekeeping force whose staff includes ex-gang members from the neighborhood, is on contract with the city to keep watch over the area. Star Tribune, "In Minneapolis, business owners in George Floyd Square plead for safety," 14 Mar. 2021 The ministry said the pair were traveling in a vehicle that was part of a convoy of the U.N.'s peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, known by its French acronym MONUSCO. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Italian ambassador killed in attack on UN convoy in Democratic Republic of Congo, officials say," 22 Feb. 2021 The earlier version also incorrectly included southern Africa among the areas where Mr. Urquhart deployed peacekeeping forces. New York Times, "Corrections: Feb. 3, 2021," 2 Feb. 2021 Ethiopia, which is a major troop contributor to the peacekeeping forces and has thousands more troops in Somalia bilaterally, is distracted by an internal conflict that broke out last month. NBC News, "'Extremely regrettable': U.S. decision to withdraw troops dismays some Somalis," 5 Dec. 2020 Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed optimism Tuesday over a new ceasefire agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan after weeks of violent clashes over Nagorno-Karabakh, and reportedly deployed peacekeeping troops to the region. Fox News, "Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia sign peace deal over Nagorno-Karabakh: reports," 10 Nov. 2020 About 2,000 Russian troops would be deployed as a peacekeeping contingent for five years, and would guarantee passage between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia at the Lachin corridor, a vital choke point. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Around Nagorno-Karabakh, an all-out media war unfolds," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of peacekeeping

1910, in the meaning defined above

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11 Apr 2021

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“Peacekeeping.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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